SONOMA INDEX-TRIBUNE – Battlefield Earth: Sonoma fights virus with ‘victory gardens’
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Popular during last century’s two world wars, “victory gardens” are back in fashion, as the world fights the COVID-19 war and communities seek solace in nature and food security by growing their own fruits and vegetables.
“Hopefully it will create a sense of connectedness,” said Kim Jones, development manager for the Sonoma Ecology Center, which is creating Victory Garden “starter kits” to give away in commemoration of the nonprofit’s upcoming 30th anniversary celebration.
First started in World War I, victory gardens – also called war gardens – began as part of the war effort. People were encouraged to plant gardens in their yards, city parks, church yards, anywhere there was available land. The food grown locally eased the pressure on commercial food suppliers and made more food available for soldiers.
In the midst of shelter-in-place orders and uncertainty of when things will normalize, growing vegetables in a home garden can be empowering and rewarding, said Alyssa Condor…[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]
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