Long before the 2009 revival of the White House kitchen garden (sparked in part by a non-partisan, web-based national petition drive during the 2008 election), Americans have been interested in the intersection of food safety, security and nutrition that occurs in our veggie beds. For several years, RedWhiteandGrew.com was at the forefront of the media’s examination and documentation of the victory garden story, past and present.
Since 2011, I’ve begun to broaden the scope and theme of this website, so the topics now extend beyond victory gardening.
But I remain passionate about the topic.
Whether you call yours a “kitchen garden,” a “recession garden, a “food garden” or the classic “victory garden,” the food grown in your yard, patio or community garden plot is part of a tradition–a low-key national dialogue–on independence and perseverance that dates back a couple of centuries when home veggie beds were called “liberty gardens.”
Today, some folks consider gardening to be a little subversive. Others just do it because their parents and grandparents did it. Or because they need an affordable way to provide fresh food for their families. Many people garden because they want their kids to understand the origins of the stuff on their plates.
We created our first “victory garden” back in 2008, just prior to the creation of this blog. It’s pictured above in early 2011, just before a nasty drought set in here in Central Texas. The major impetus? We wanted to teach our kid a basic life skill. Around the same time that we created the garden, I launched this blog.
Although the focus of RW&G has changed to include much more than “just” victory gardening, I’m still enthusiastic about the current victory garden revival. This third incarnation of victory gardening has its roots in the recession and the rise of social media, which has helped spur its growth. Incidentally, the phrase “victory garden” will celebrate a century of popularity stateside in 2019.
My friends at Horticulture Magazine created this graphic for this 2009 article.
Page last updated 2 May 2013.