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Wartime Gardens and the Military

During World War I (WWI), Liberty Gardens weren’t just grown and supported by civilians and communities in the United States. The military did their part too.

As I explain in this UC Food Observer article:
“…gardens were sometimes a feature of military bases (for example, American recruits cultivated potatoes at the sprawling Camp Dix, in New Jersey). Even the rear trenches in some places sported food-producing gardens. Gardens were also used at military hospitals, not only for food, but to provide therapy for wounded soldiers.”
Even the Stars and Stripes – the United States’ storied military newspaper – reported on these WWI gardens.

You can see the actual newspaper piece, which reported there were 5,285,000 war gardens with crops worth over a half billion dollars. By keeping the soldiers aware of news like this from home, the newspaper helped support a common purpose and national unity among our military.

Read the article.

Farming in Los Angeles – Yesterday and Today

Did you know that up until the 1950s, Los Angeles was the number-one food producing area in the nation? Now it’s the nation’s most food insecure with many suffering from hunger and poor nutrition.

That’s the topic of LA FOODWAYS, which examines the history of food in the nation’s second most populous city after New York. The multimedia series is comprised of a one-hour documentary, six digital episodes and digital articles. These stories tell the storied agricultural history of Los Angeles, as well as our current food waste challenges. Just as we witnessed with the wartime community and school gardens, there are creative opportunities to bring fresh foods to urban communities.

This series is “a deep dive into the different manners in which local organizations are coming together to ensure the future of agriculture in the region in order to identify environmentally friendly solutions for the future,” says KCET-TV, where it is airing the documentary at following times:

Wednesday        Feb 6, 8:00 PM PT

Sunday                Feb 10, 5:00 PM PT        

Wednesday        Feb 13, 11:02 PM PT

Friday                   Feb 15, 10:00 PM PT       

Tuesday              Feb 19, 10:00 AM PT     

Wednesday        Feb 27, 9:00 PM PT        
Learn about LA’s Agricultural Past

It’s really fascinating to look back at how Los Angeles once led the nation in areas like wine grapes, chicken farms and beekeeping. Many suburban growers contributed to this food production with small acreage, as you’ll see in this article I wrote for UCFoodObserver.com.

You’ll learn about an important book that illustrates this historical time period when the City of Angels was the nation’s agricultural powerhouse.

This valuable resource was co-written by certified Master Gardener Judith Gerber and Rachel Surls, Sustainable Food Systems Advisor for University of […]

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