Found: The Victory of Gardening…

A Victory Garden poster - have you ever looked at these? I really love 'em. I'm going to be decorating my porch with an "old seeds" theme, and I'm going to find my favorite prints to display.

I just wrote a short post on my Wildtree Facebook page encouraging people to try growing greens, which, the more I think about it, is funny. Many/most? of us don’t grow anything we eat, have never done so, and might feel very at sea even trying. These days, gardening is a hobby – not a necessity. Some see it as progress, some see it as traditional knowledge lost – I think it could possibly be both.

I used to hold the idea in my head and heart that I could be self-sufficient. I wish I could say reason and faith told me otherwise – mostly it was frustration and failure that clued me in – its just not to be! Now, I definitely rejoice and appreciate how we were made. And how was that?

Humankind was made (especially if you take the Christian perspective into account!) to be inter-dependent regarding other humans (while fully reliant on God). “Its not good that we’re alone” – and also, not good that we completely lose touch with the Earth, created to give us sustenance, and be stewarded by us. Again, in Scripture, Christ spoke in lots of shepherding and farming metaphors – because it was a universal experience. Now, those same verses don’t quite resonate as strongly, perhaps, because few Westerners keep sheep, and farming as a career continues to shrink, and gardening isn’t something everyone does. Whether you believe in God, or not, reason alone can tell us that we can’t do everything — even the climate in which we live dictates what we can grow and when. (Ecclesiastes, anyone?)

Segue – let’s bring back the ‘victory’ of gardening – Its like celebrating Interdependence Day! (Without the fireworks. Because I say so.)

I have a full weekend of the joy of weddings and bridal showers (yay – happy times!), but here’s where I’d be hanging out if I was in town.

Friday: An open-house for the soon-to-be established Prairie Roots Food Co-op, which has been in the planning process for around 2 years.The open house is at the Bluestem Center for the Arts in S. Moorhead, and begins at 7 pm TONIGHT, Friday, April 20th.

Saturday: Free day celebrating a new display at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead!

There is a series of NEW Victory Garden posters for "our" time - do a Google search and find some. They are so cool!advertisements from that time period, and would like to learn more about this era. Was this, too, a time when the average person wasn't gardening as much, and so a 'Victory Garden' would have been a stretch for the average Jane or Joe?

“Seeds of Victory” focuses on WWII and the encouragement for all citizens to grow a garden – as a patriotic duty.  I have always been struck by the colorful Victory garden advertisements and been interested to learn more about the whys and wherefores of this time in history.

Also Saturday is a free Earth Day party at the Red River Zoo with a ton of fun activities (besides seeing the animals, of course). You just need to pick up tickets at a Gate City Bank location in the F/M area. Yay!

Have a great weekend, all.

3 thoughts on “Found: The Victory of Gardening…

  1. Tammy says:

    Looking forward to learning more about your food coop

  2. Johnny says:

    You should share some pictures with us. Loving the articles, but pictures are worth a 1000 words haha

    • Laura says:

      Hey, thanks, Johnny — I wish I was a) a better photographer or b) remembered where my camera cord for uploading was! 😉 No, but seriously, thanks for the encouragement, and I really would like to share more pictures. In fact, since its busy-season around here, I’m going to make my next post a simple slideshow of what I’ve been up to. Thanks again for reading!

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