Victory Garden Homestead Tour

By Holly Giles | Homesteading

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Victory Garden

The victory garden of the 1940s has made a comeback with full force. Families are looking to food sources they had not thought of before which is exciting news for gardening.

During world war II the government was reverting large manufacturing to war efforts and supplies. In turn, the government asked citizens to do their part by growing food and raising a few backyard hens if possible. This started a movement of neighbors feeding neighbors and a sense of being part of the solution. The victory garden was born out of necessity and America pulling together during a time of need.

In our modern times we have moved away from everyone growing a little food and having some control of our food sources. Instead we rely on big companies and a handful of factories to provide what lands on our table. At some point, the supply chain will fail. There are many factors that can create a chain of events that will put a strain on the way the average American buys food.

Now is The Time

Now is the time to focus on making just one change in how to source the food your family eats. Making big changes will most likely result in anxiety and not being able to follow through. My thought is that if you take one thing at a time, you will make big changes. No matter where you live there is some part of your food supply that you can have a part in. From apartment dweller to suburban life, there is one food item you can grow.

Take a tour with me as we make changes to our victory garden this year. Don’t forget to subscribe to our channel to stay up to date on our tutorials.


Find Your Own Victory

Find what is doable for your family. You may not be interested in a full-fledged garden, but you may enjoy growing some herbs for cooking. Find another friend who is considering making changes and cheer each other on. Maybe you each grow something different and share. Find a local family who is providing a farmer’s market-style service and support them by purchasing their harvest. There are many ways to make positive changes in your food source without having to grow it yourself.

  • Look for local sources for things you already are buying at a large chain.
  • Inquire about local farms that harvest their own chicken or beef.
  • Visit small markets with family growers. Put your dollars in your community growers.

Remember that quality may not be cheap. It wasn’t long ago that families spent 60% of their income on groceries. Can you imagine? Mass production and government subsidies are what makes cheap food possible. However it doesn’t make it better or the best thing for your family. Cutting back on extra luxuries for quality food is the best investment in your family’s health and future.