FUTURE OF URBAN AGRICULTURE
"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.
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)
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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