Vic­tory gar­dens bring con­flicts home

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I ran across an ar­ti­cle about the “vic­tory” gar­dens dur­ing both World War I and World War II. With con­tam­i­nated food from dis­tant sources and the ben­e­fits of lo­cal agri­cul­ture, I thought about urg­ing ev­ery­one to have a “vic­tory” gar­den, whether large or small.

Hav­ing a “vic­tory” gar­den is a good idea. It is a fam­ily ac­tiv­ity that is not eat­ing in the car in traf­fic with other fam­i­lies in their cars, in the same traf­fic, go­ing to a fam­ily ac­tiv­ity.

You also have the ul­ti­mate as­sur­ance of the clean­li­ness of the food you pro­duce. Plus, it sup­ports our lo­cal mer­chants who sell the plants, hoes, rakes, shov­els, etc.

For all of its ben­e­fits, there is an­other rea­son why I wanted to write about “vic­tory” gar­dens.

They were pop­u­lar when the United States was at war and all of its peo­ple with it. That is ev­ery­one, from the child who gath­ered eggs, to the par­ents who planted the gar­den, to the work­ers in the fac­to­ries, to those ac­tu­ally in the mil­i­tary, were at war.

And they all re­mained at war un­til the war was over. But wars are now left to the “pro­fes­sion­als,” a com­pet­ing item on the evening news. Just an­other item in the na­tional bud­get. Write out a check for your part of the war ef­fort. Ap­plaud ap­pro­pri­ately at civic events.

Avoid­ing the di­rect costs or re­minders of war, we don’t hold our elected of­fi­cials re­spon­si­ble for them.

Maybe hav­ing a “vic­tory” gar­den to­day will re­mind us to hold those of­fi­cials re­spon­si­ble to­mor­row — and to avoid any fu­ture wars, un­less we are all pre­pared to go to war.

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