THANK YOU for the great comments and photos! I am in awe!
To answer the question about VGs being in lawns... they were EVERYWHERE!
Here's some stats from 1943:
- 53,095 REGISTERED family gardens
- 14,062 children’s gardens
- 39,469,647 sq ft (908 acres)
- 55,000 lbs of produce
- Plus there were an additional 100,000 "unregistered" gardens...
The Chicago plan for Victory Gardens organization was so successful that after the 1942 growing season the powers that be in DC sent it out to all major urban areas in the US as a role model and blueprint! It's amazing!
We've gotten great response to the retro Victory Garden on Peterson and Campbell!
We're doing a fundraiser May 20 RETRO style to help raise funds and have a good time! Swing music, bake sale, 1940's costume contest! We're hoping to make history again as Chicagoans go back to the soil to grow their own food.
If you join us for the fundraiser be sure to say hi! I'll most likely be the one in the Rosie the Riveter outfit unless I decide to dress up...
THANK AGAIN for all the great pictures and comments. The next step after we get the garden built is to do an oral history project (video really) of people who remember Victory Gardens! Send an email to [email protected]
if you want to participate or know someone who should...
To learn more about the garden: [url=http://www.petersongarden.org]CLICK HERE[/url] (new website!)
To get a ticket for May 20: [url=http://www.petersongarden.eventbrite.com]CLICK HERE[/url]
You are all fabulous!