Feb 09

A Growing Movement

"Everyone grew vegetables during the war." my Mother told me one afternoon. "I remember my cousin Jack's garden. He grew all kinds of unusual things like Swiss Chard, then he would trade that for more common things like tomatoes. He always made out better on the deals, too."

our front yard garden

Our front yard garden

That was almost 70 years ago, when growing a vegetable garden was considered a patriotic thing to do.
What has changed?

Supermarkets, television, cryovac packaging.
People used to raise chickens in their backyards too, now that isn't allowed in many areas of this country.
Food was fresh and nutritious then, our produce today is almost void of flavor and nutrition, and often contains many chemical pesticides.

More and more people are turning to growing their own food again, but some are facing resistance.
A recent case in west Des Moines is a perfect example. Read about it here.

There is also something else that has changed since the days of the Victory gardens, that's social media.
Just 1 day after Courtney Tompkins and Katie Ketelsen shared that link with fellow gardeners on Facebook, the story had received 807 shares & 40 comments. The next day the complaint was dropped.

Okay G. J., so it's over, why are you telling me?
Here's the reason- the next story may be in your town, or even your yard.
What will you do? I hope you will share it.

Gardeners stick together, and we won't let vegetable gardens be stopped.
That's just how we roll.

Find Courtney here at Pure Elements Organics, and Katie at Garden Grunt.
Stop by and tell them "Great Job!" for saving the right to have front yard edible gardens where they live.
Here's to Iowa.

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    • Courtney on February 9, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Thanks for sharing the story! Gardeners need to keep supporting each other like this – we’ll defeat all these silly regulations that pop up!

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    • gj on February 9, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Solidarity works wonders.

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    • Grami on February 9, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Close to my heart–this story and its author.

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    • gj on February 10, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Thanks Grami! <3

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    • Katie on February 11, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Thank you so much for the hat-tip! You said it best when you stated:

    Okay G. J., so it’s over, why are you telling me?
    Here’s the reason- the next story may be in your town, or even your yard.
    What will you do?

    That’s exactly how I felt — and was fortunate several other gardeners did as well. I can’t even explain how many warm-n-fuzzies I got when I saw our gardening friends from all over the US help our lil cause. Thank you so much!

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    • gj on February 11, 2013 at 11:31 am

    You did a great job showing how fast gardeners will come to support each other. There are far too many of these stories happening, but it seems they are getting stopped at a faster rate.
    Hopefully we’ll look back on this and laugh while admiring all the front yard edible gardens in our neighborhoods.

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