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The New Organic Victory Garden
even big city dwellers are doing it in the back yard!
In the mid1940’s the United States government asked the
people to plant edible gardens to help support the downwardly spiraling
economy and the war effort. During that time millions of people all over
the country planted gardens called “Victory Gardens”, and harvested
nearly one third of all the vegetables consumed in the country.
Gardening became a popular family or community effort planting
vegetables, herbs, and fruit trees. Now with the ever expanding state
of economic uncertainty many people are again looking for ways to not
only, stretch their food dollars but also to avoid the high cost of
healthcare by making better lifestyle choices, and so, the idea of the
“Organic Victory Gardens” speared on by yours truly are tacking many of
our current problems.
Now, even Michelle Obama is setting an example by planting a food garden
at the White House, as did Eleanor Roosevelt in 1943 during another time
of national crisis. It was reported in national news, In Eleanor’s time;
some 20 million people grew their own food to help relieve the food
shortages of WWII. While Michelle Obama’s 1,000-square-foot Organic
Vegetables garden will help to provide food for the first family’s meals
and possibly even formal dinners, she also talked about the garden as a
means to educate children about healthful, locally grown fruits and
vegetables. With the growing national concern about obesity and
diabetes especially among our children, more physical activities and
better natural food choices should be encouraged. Creating and
maintaining an organic garden perfectly fits that prescription.
you think about it, growing your own food becomes part of the solution
to many growing problems associated with modern living. Such as global
warming and reducing your carbon footprint, like me, many people today
are concerned about the foods we buy in the supermarkets, what kind of
chemicals were used on them, how far have they traveled to reach the
shelves in your local store and how long have they been there.
Growing your own organic food can be both fun and healthy. Not only is
it great physical exercise and a way to slow down and reconnect yourself
with your environment, it also provides an opportunity to take full
control of what you put into your body.
Organic gardening/farming is nothing new, it was once the only way to
farm. We then began to depend on chemicals and other unnatural methods
to grow more, bigger and better. Now that the earth has suffered largely
from damage due to these practices, and many of us suffer needlessly
from health disorders associated with chemicals, steroids and other
unnatural additives to soil, water and food, we are again returning to
the way nature intended us to grow. Organic farming doesn't mean
sacrificing quality or quantity of product. You will find that since
organic farming replenishes the soil rather than robbing it of
nutrients, eliminates build-up of chemical products and allows for
growing massive amounts of lush, healthy, pest-free produce, your yield
will be the same, if not better, than with other methods of farming.
Getting Started in Organic Gardening all about how you can start your
first garden or farm or begin to convert your existing garden or farm
into a healthy, productive and profitable, natural source of organically
grown produce, plants and flowers. There is always something new to
learn which makes for a great new hobby.
There are few greater satisfactions than slicing a fresh, juicy tomato
and putting it on your sandwich, preparing a salad and knowing all the
ingredients came from your own backyard or picking fresh organic beans
for a hearty dinner meal. Starting a successful organic vegetable garden
may take some know how and some help in getting started, and practice
that may span over several seasons but don’t become discouraged if you
make some mistakes because we all learn from our mistakes. You will find
that organic gardening may become the most rewarding hobby, or
lifestyle, you have ever started and shared with your family and
many organic growers, farming or gardening is a passion. We feel a
connection to the Earth and believe it has become a moral duty to
protect her and provide for her. Aside from the apparently spiritual
affiliation, it's just plain fun to be out in the sun playing in the
dirt and watching things grow.
and Eat Organic It’s the Best for You and Your Family.
Jay North is a
pioneer in the organic farming industry. He authored Getting
Started In Organic Gardening for Fun And Profit, as a means of
sharing his philosophy of renewal and self-sustained living. He is
an internationally recognized authority in organic gardening contact
Jay at www.GoingOrganic.com
for publication 9/April/09