Are Victory Gardens Making a Comeback?
It looks like the Victory Gardens of World War II might be making a comeback. A recent article in the New York Times talks about at the growing number of Americans who are taking up vegetable gardening – or expanding their vegetable gardens – in order to cut down on their grocery bills. Gardeners reported saving a bundle, with one woman noting that a $100 investment in gardening yields $1,000 to $1,700 worth of vegetables.
The trend has not bypassed New York City, where participation in community gardens is rising, according to the gardening group Green Thumb. In 2007, an estimated 8,310 urban gardeners worked 1,831,000 hours in gardens throughout the city’s five boroughs. In 2000, city gardeners barely broke the one-million-hour mark.
As I mentioned in an earlier post (“Growing Parsley and Basil on the Roof”), the Victory Gardens of World War II yielded nearly 40 percent of the produce consumed in the United States. It may well be that the nation is returning to the era of growing food at home.