She Can Make a Difference! Exhibit (Indiana)

Up at East Central Indiana’s Minnetrista, they’ve got a new exhibit:

She Can Make A Difference! is an interactive exploration of women’s historical contributions to family, community and our nation. The new exhibit, created by Minnetrista, explores the necessity of community gardening during war times and the response women provided for their families through home canning.

They’ve got food preservation demos, and, yup, they’ve got a Victory Garden included in the show.

For more information, click here. Note that Minnetrista originated with the Ball family. Yup, the folks responsible for all those canning supplies. (The center has a green roof, too, in one section.)

Let’s see… in the last five years, that’s how many high-profile demo victory gardens at museums/cultural landmarks?

Off the top of my head, we’ve got:


Eisenhower Presidential Library

The McFaddin-Ward House

The White House garden

And now Minnetrista.

Not too shabby for a grassroots revival, eh?

Of course, that’s not counting Disney, or the civic garden in downtown San Francisco two years ago, or the 2010 SF Garden Show one, or…

She Can Make a Difference! Exhibit (Indiana)

Media & Web Watch for 17 May 2010

The ol’ RW&G Media & Web Watch is back–new and improved! It still keeps track of the emerging Victory Garden revival, but now it’s a little bit… sassier.

Look for it here bi-weekly unless there’s just too much to share. Also, feel free to send relevant links to me (stories, posts, garden pictures) via comments (below),  Twitter, or Facebook. (Photos of your garden welcome, too, on the FB page!)

Peterson Garden Par-tay!


Remember Peterson’s Garden up in Chicago being mentioned here late last week? Wanted to give it another plug today because… it’s simply brilliant! Blogger Anthony Todd at Chicagoist thinks so, too.

As you can see from the graphic at left, the Peterson Garden has a fundraiser coming up, so if you’re in Chicago and can swing it (har), do go!

The roots for Peterson’s date back to the 1940s, but it comes quickly on the heels of similar community-centered “victory garden revivals” (most notably in San Francisco) and relies heavily on social media to connect gardeners to one another. As such, it’s a very “modern” victory garden.

From the garden’s Web site:

“The Peterson Garden Project is an organic, community vegetable garden on the corner of Peterson and Campbell in Chicago’s 40th Ward. Thanks to Asian Human Services (for letting us use the lot) and the incredible support of Alderman Patrick O’Connor and his team, neighbors will once again be able to garden on this historic strip of Peterson Avenue. Continue reading “Media & Web Watch for 17 May 2010”

Media & Web Watch for 17 May 2010