The Strawbery Banke Victory Garden

Up in New Hampshire, there’s a victory garden at the Strawberry Banke historic site.

From their Web site: 

The Victory garden recreates the garden of the Pecunies family, who resided on the site during WWII. Victory gardens provided much needed sustenance while the country endured war rationing. At the height of their success, Victory gardens accounted for nearly half of all fresh produce grown in the country. The plant selections are drawn from oral histories, period seed catalogs and wartime government publications. 

There were gardens everywhere for the war effort – in backyards, schoolyards, in cans and pots on city fire escapes – they even dug up the White House lawn! Where in your house, apartment or neighborhood would you put a vegetable garden? What would you grow there? [More]

Good stuff, eh? They’ve got some good info, too, on sustainable gardening.

For those of us unfamiliar with Strawbery Banke, some background from their About page:

Strawbery Banke is about connecting with the past. Visitors to Strawbery Banke have the opportunity to experience and imagine how people lived and worked in this typical American neighborhood throughout four centuries of history. Through its restored houses, its featured exhibits, its historic landscapes and gardens, and its interpretive programs, Strawbery Banke tells the stories of the many generations who settled in the Portsmouth, NH, community from the late l7th to the mid-20th century. 

Significantly, this site was rescued from the poorly conceived urban renewal policies of the 1950s by conscientious, far sighted citizens. Always maintaining its grass roots origins, there has been no single benefactor underwriting its existence. Strawbery Banke has relied upon and continues to rely upon the generous support of numerous individuals who believe in the importance of preserving a site that so accurately depicts the history of immigrants transforming themselves into a community of American citizens. [More]

Although this project is new to me, it dovetails nicely both with the recent post on Minnetrista’s victory garden as well as the soft launch of another project of mine,

In short, it’s inspiring.

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