Media Watch for Fall Equinox 2010

For those of you who follow RW&G on Twitter and Facebook, some of this will be redundant. Still, this blog has always worked as an archive and these stories merit stashing away if only for trivia fodder.

• Arkansas: P. Allen Smith and his officemates are starting a vegetable garden. You can follow along on their Facebook page.

Illinois: From the Chicago Sun-Times, re: our beloved Peterson Garden:

Unlike the World War II victory garden that occupied the lot at Peterson and Campbell Avenues more than six decades earlier, the Peterson Garden Project, and the people who tend to it, refuse to let its story be lost in history.

“I have an article that talks about the dedication of this garden in 1942 and it says a few names, a flag was raised, the marching band from some high school performed,” said LaManda Joy, the project’s founder. “That’s all we know about this huge lot that fed how many families during the war. That’s sad.”

To learn what Joy et al are doing to preserve the current garden’s story–and it’s history, click here.

Texas: The Austin-American Statesman ran a splendid story about Lady Bird Johnson’s home movies this past weekend. A snippet:

The earliest films are black-and-white scenes from Johnson’s frenetic, unsuccessful 1941 campaign across Texas for a seat in the U.S. Senate. Other movies show children’s birthday parties and holidays; friends and VIPs at the LBJ ranch in the Hill Country, Lake LBJ and Camp David; political campaigns; foreign travel; and flowers in Texas, Washington and Mrs. Johnson’s backyard “Victory Garden” during World War II.

“Look at my hydrangeas,” Mrs. Johnson says with obvious glee in one movie. “What a gardener I was!”

To read the rest of the article and for a link to the movies, click here.

Alabama/Canada: Add another name to the list of “DBA” names for victory gardening: “survival gardens.” It popped up in this story for the Canadian Press:

“They were called ‘victory gardens’ during the world wars because they helped ease shortages,” said Chris Becker, a regional agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service in Florence. “We call them ‘survival gardens’ now because they help families cut spending.”