VOLUME 38 NUMBER 2 | SUMMER 2020
on to their hoes and their homegrown lifestyles. Few of the community gardens they created grow on to this day. The Fenway Victory Gardens in Boston are some of the most famous in the U.S., but in most European cities and towns a much larger number of those original Victory Gardens survive and thrive today. Plentiful food supply has made the need for them less urgent and so they have evolved into leisure and community spaces, but the institutional memory of a nation on the brink of hunger compels people and governments alike to maintain and cherish them. Becoming self-sufficient in your vegetable supply can be quite hard to
Above: Garden fever has always been a symptom of times of crises. Ojai front and backyards are taking up the food security mantle with summer vegetable gardens in bloom about town. Below: Established in 1942, the Fenway community garden in downtown Boston is one of the few remaining victory gardens. Photograph: Wiki Commons.
do, even for experienced gardeners. Although there are many ways to maximize the produce taken from a small plot, feeding a family needs quite a bit of space. Itâ€™s been estimated that you would need around 4000 square feet per person to provide a simple vegetarian diet consistently throughout the year. The vagaries of soil, weather and foraging wildlife may all take their toll and the effort required to plant, sow, weed, water,
harvest and store crops for the winter shouldnâ€™t be underestimated. Neither should the cost of water, seed, fertilizer, tools or the occasional chiropractor visit. But if like me, you aspire only to raise some good organic veg, perhaps save a little on your grocery bill or