What is a "Victory Garden"?
Growing your own "Victory Garden" food has traditionally been used as a successful safeguard against food shortages and stretching the family food budget to feed your family. The practice of starting a "Victory Garden" started in 1943 as a way to help feed the American family to offset food shortages when much of the food supply was being directed to our troops during World War 11.
"We want to give every home-gardener easy access to tomato seeds, an abundant tomato harvest of nourishing fruit, and seeds for the future."
- Gary Ibsen and Dagma Lacey
Did You Know?
One tomato seed can provide you as much as thirty pounds of tomatoes and enough of your own seeds to provide you future crops.
Today, the food supply and health of Americans are facing challenges. As a nation, we do not eat enough fruits and vegetables. To make matters worse, much of our fresh foods travel long distances before they arrive at our homes, thereby losing precious nutrients along the way. And a substantial portion of this food is grown with injurious pesticides. The increasing food prices (especially for organic food) only magnifies the problem. It is understandable why home gardening is making a resurgence. We are saving ourselves in the process.
If you do not have much of a yard, do not be deterred from growing a garden. Even an 8' x 8' garden can grow lots of food.
Ten Reasons to Grow Your Victory Garden Now:
- Growing your own vegetables is a good way to save money.
- You can avoid eating harmful pesticides
- Homegrown vegetables provide you more nutrition and flavor.
- Growing foods from your garden will support opportunities for precious bonding experiences with family and friends.
- The activity of gardening allows you to control much of your food supply and enhance your self-reliance.
- Gardening will provide you fresh air, outdoor exercise, a connection with the earth and a joyful sense of purpose.
- By saving seeds from your harvest you will own the future of your foods rather than depending upon other interests.
- Gardening is a great activity to help relieve stress and improve restfulness.
- Responsible gardening can reduce your carbon footprint.
- All gardeners live longer!
Ask yourself why 90% of gardeners grow tomatoes.