The latest episode of Growing a Greener World, a new PBS television series on the latest trends in eco-friendly living and gardening explores the modern Victory Garden movement. Dr. Rose Hayden-Smtith, an IATP Food and Society Fellow and nationally recognized expert on Vicroty Gardens, is featured prominently in the episode and discusses the vibrant history of Victory Gardens in the U.S. as well as their modern relevance.
"Initially called 'Liberty Gardens' in WWI they were promoted at home, schools and at work as a way to secure the national food supply. Americans were encouraged to grow more fruits and vegetables locally as a way to reduce food miles so that trains could move troops and materials instead. Additionally this freed up agricultural products that could be shipped to our allies in Europe. This call to patriotism served to unify a diverse population under one goal of assuring allied victory."