|Marjorie Jane and David Ivan Clowe
managed a Victory Garden during WWII
Wartime rationing of food made gardening necessary for survival. As Clowe puts it, “Citizens today don’t have any idea how involved everyone was during an all out war.” We are fortunate that most of our citizens today have never experienced the kind of hardship that families during WWII endured.
Today, our need for “victory”gardens has less to do with the amount of food available, and more to do with the nutritional quality of the food most of us have access to. Vegetable gardening is becoming popular again as more people struggle with health issues that are related to the nutritional quality of food that has been grown and processed in manners that damage associated microbiomes, nutrients, and enzymatic activity. Victory gardens today are about claiming victory over chronic diseases associated with contemporary lifestyles.