The Victory Gardens of World War I and World War II helped Americans successfully negotiate hard times. Gardens helped the family budget; improved diet; reduced food miles; beautified communities; and helped bridge social, ethnic, class and cultural differences during a time when solidarity and shared sacrifice were sorely needed. They were found everywhere—in schools, homes and throughout public spaces—and it mattered: nearly 40 percent of the fresh fruits and vegetables consumed stateside during 1943 were grown in school, home and community gardens.
President Obama, summon us to service. Encourage all of us that have the opportunity to plant a garden in 2010. Encourage us to plant for our families and our communities. Summon us to service through your family’s example at the White House.