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August 11, 2008

FUTURE OF URBAN AGRICULTURE

Posted by Anais Dervaes

"If every U.S. citizen ate just one meal a week (any meal) composed of locally and organically raised meats and produce, we would reduce our country’s oil consumption by over 1.1 million barrels of oil every week. That’s not gallons, but barrels."*

From Oily Food, by Steven Hopp.

That was Then, This is Now.

"In response to the heavy impact of World War II on the U.S. economy, Americans were urged to grow a victory garden (also called a war garden) in 1943. The gardens were planted by about 20 million families and would eventually provide nearly half of the fresh produce consumed during this troubled time. On rooftops, in back yards and even in containers on front porches, Americans produced eight million tons of fruit, vegetables and herbs in their own households." - *Courtesy of Victory Gardens

Presently we are faced with a future that's will be fraught with fuel scarcity, rising food cost and environmental implications.

As the world encounters hard times - there will be need of practical and back to basics solutions. 

Freedom Gardens is growing beyond victory garden a food security movement person to person, blog to blog, neighbor to neighbor.  Creating a sustainable future by promoting local food production.

Growing a Local Food System

We are thrilled to announce that Freedom Gardens has surpassed 730 members and growing daily.

But we know this site can continue to grow and you can help spread the word.  We are counting on you to help us - it's your turn now.  Can you spare a few minutes... do this for us, for yourself and for others?

If you haven't already signed up - then what are you waiting for?   Join other fellow urban aggies - connect, share and grow.

Here's a nifty poster to spread recruit Freedom Gardeners in your area.   Network with folks in your area - offer encouragement, growing tips and advice and even meet up to swap crops, tools, seeds and more!

This site is still in sprout stage, so don't forget you can help us make this site better - comments, suggestions are welcome.

Gardens Throughout History

Ancient Babylonian and Egyptian used edible landscaping techniques.  Another form or edible landscaping or urban agriculture sprouted up in France during the 16th & 17th century.  The gardens otherwise know as potager or kitchen gardens supplied herbs, vegetables and even fruit.

Then came.... ( list compiled and courtesy of SideWalkSprouts)

1. Potato Patches (1890-1930)

2. City Beautiful Movement (1890-1910)

3. World War I: Liberty Gardens (1917-1919)

4. Depression relief gardens (1930-1938)

5. World War II: Victory Gardens (1940-1945)

6. Community Garden Movement (1970-present)

Growing Forward

7. Freedom Garden Movement -- new gardening era/movement resulting in efforts to become free of foreign oil, corporate controls, contamination and food miles.

Let's get growing - forward, towards food security self-reliance and independence from corporate food systems.

There's a growing movement afoot, can you dig it?

*Edited March 4, 2011: We appreciate that the inadvertent omission of proper quotation punctuation and source citation has been called to our attention so that we had the opportunity to rectify this oversight.


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6 Comments: "FUTURE OF URBAN AGRICULTURE" »

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    More than 730 members and no comments yet? C'mon you all!!! This is a great idea whose time has come. I'm in.
    Garlic Man in Texas

  2. The East Atlanta Farmers Market enthusiastically embraced the Freedom Gardens flyers! Lets hope this leads to more people in Atlanta starting their own urban food gardens and joining the food fight!

  3. This is a topic I have been researching because of the number of new people getting involved with gardening to help deal with high fuel prices, high food costs, and food safety. If we can just get them started successfully maybe more will stick with it after our economy gets back on its feet.

    I posted about some people involved in this very topic on my blog and your site is one of them.

    Keep the revolution alive. You are an inspiration to us all.

  4. Because I wanted to be prepared and grow a larger garden for our food source, fortunately I had my garden in full swing before my economic situation turned upside down...and then I got chickens and found this website and have been learning ever since. I have gone from a 'gardener' to a 'freedom gardener', and I feel that I am in control of my own life and food supply!!! And with every food I bring in, it just inspires me to do more and I'm hoping my fall/winter garden will do even better!!! I am inspired and I'm trying to get others around me involved as well.

  5. Kudos for finally attributing that paragraph to its true source. Although, 'courtesy of' makes it sound like you asked and were granted permission to use it, which we know isn't true, correct?

    • @Lisa: These last few weeks, the blogosphere and certain media outlets have been full of unfounded and false reports that have led to a smear campaign against members of our family. Unfortunately, there is much published misinformation, but one valid point was bought to my attention.

      Back in 2008, I did some research about Victory Gardens for a post used on this Little Homestead in the City site and our sister site Freedom Gardens. I used three sources, citing two but omitting to credit one of the paragraphs (the content was that of a timeline and it was never my intention to claim these words as my own). Yet a mistake was made and for that I am sorry. See http://freedomgardens.org/abou.....movements/

      Right after the error was pointed out last week, I edited the post by adding the proper quotation formatting and source citation. I appreciated the chance to correct my mistake and rectify the inadvertent oversight.
      Although, the oversight was not brought to my attention in a private and direct manner, correction is correction & there is always room for improvement so I hope strive to be more careful making sure I check for omissions, etc in the future.

      Thank you allowing me to correct this mistake.

      Anais Dervaes

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