Chicago Victory Gardens: Yesterday and Tomorrow

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  • Overview
  • LaManda Joy is an Author, Speaker, and Food Gardening Evangelist from Chicago. During World War II, Chicago led the nation in urban food production with its Victory Gardens program of 1,500 community gardens and more than 250,000 home gardens. The city's North Park neighborhood was also home to the largest Victory Garden in the United States. In fact, the Victory Gardens campaign in Chicago was so successful that it was emulated across the country. Garden movement in Chicago in the 1940's and draw parallels to the new food movement of today. Seventy years later, Chicago continues this tradition with an estimated 700 community gardens. In 2010, LaManda Joy launched the Peterson Garden Project, on land that was part of an original World War II Victory Garden from 1942-1945. The Peterson Garden is Chicago's largest community-allotment vegetable garden, with 157 plots tended by community members growing only organic vegetables. Volunteers and students also tend several garden plots and donate their produce to local food pantries and homeless shelters. Come and learn what the gardens of yesterday can teach the gardens of today.

Chicago Victory Gardens: Yesterday and Tomorrow