Learning From History #5 - VICTORY GARDENING
Over the past few years I have been very concerned that the world is repeating history. I know that many parts of the history that we are teaching our younger generation has been watered down and even outright twisted into a falsehood. This "history tweaking" is happening just because the truth might "offend" someone. I know for a fact that this history twisting has happened because many of my family members lived through and remember World War II.
In this series we are going to study the difficult parts of history that might have recently, intentionally or unintentionally been overlooked.
This is the first positive history post in this series. The previous 4 parts we studied parts of history that we do NOT want repeated. Today, we are focusing on something that we should put into practice with or without war - I am talking about the Victory Garden.
"Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it."
Last time we learned about the "WWII Symbolism" (click HERE to view that post). Please click on the above link because I added very important information to that post just this week.
The Victory Garden (a.k.a. War Garden) was encouraged during both World Wars. These were vegetable, fruit & herb gardens grown in residential areas, rural properties and even in public city parks. Victory gardening occurred in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia. This helped with food supply and helped supplement rationing cards/stamps.
The Woman's Land Army (a.k.a. Land Girls) was mainly a British program (although, below you will see an advertisement about American Land Army). This British organisation was originally created during WWI but was brought back during WWII. It operated to place women in farming jobs that would originally have been performed by men who were serving in the military.
Below you will see many ads from WWII - it was propaganda but a good positive version of propaganda.
I added my "5 ways to save" to the first picture below:
Think about how many tomatoes you can get from one tomato plant (depending on the variety of course – cherry tomatoes will yield a lot more per plant than a beef steak) in one season. Then think about 1 packet of tomato seeds 20 to 30 seeds in each packet! That is an exponential amount of tomatoes & savings! After your first year of gardening (due to the cost of the tools needed) it will be pure profit & essentially free food from your yard! Planting from seed will save you even more money than if you bought plants.
Growing your own food is great for your health on so many levels. First, growing GMO free plants is better for your health (in my opinion). Manipulating seed genetics in my opinion will also change the nutritional content of the vegetable/fruit. Keeping it the way God created it is the only way that I want to grow.
Also, working in the garden is good exercise and being outside getting vitamin D from the sun and breathing in fresh air is good for your physical health. Thirdly and most importantly – being out in nature makes me feel closer to God and working in the garden for me is a healing time both spiritually & mentally.
By planting Heirloom Seeds we are preserving seed history (click HERE to read a post about Heirloom vs Hybrid vs GMO seeds). Not only are we preserving our seed history but if you grow & preserve your own food then we are continuing that self-sufficiency knowledge used by the pioneers. It used to be that the art of canning and growing was passed down from parent to child but that is now few and far between – we must preserve this knowledge & our history.
SAVE on Waste
If you grow and preserve your own homegrown produce then you are saving on waste. Glass mason jars can be used over and over for years and years. Gone will be the paper, metal & cardboard packaging from your store bought preserved food. Also, gone will be the Styrofoam, plastic wrap and plastic bags used when buying fresh produce. And, you could even start your own compost pile and stop using your sink garbage disposal.
Not only will you save on gas that you would use to drive to a grocery store but gas will also be saved because your food will no longer have to be transported from the farmer to your grocery store.
Real Life WWII Stories
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