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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

All Out Food Production!

Victory Gardens 2008+ is a pilot project funded by the City of San Francisco and supported by CASFS alum Blair Randall and his Garden For The Environment. The SF Victory Garden program facilitates the transition of backyard, front yard, window boxes, rooftops, and unused land into organic food production areas. It builds on the successful Victory Garden programs of WWI and WWII (history here) but redefines "Victory" in the pressing context of urban sustainability. "Victory" is growing food at home for increased local food security and reducing the food miles associated with the average American meal.
In an exciting development, Victory Gardens 2008+ is partnering with Slow Food Nation to create an ornamental edible garden at the San Francisco Civic Center from July through September 2008. The groundbreaking was on July 1, and they are now looking for volunteers for July 12, Community Planting Day. Volunteers are encouraged to arrive at 9:00 AM, and the day is scheduled to wrap up at 4PM.
For more information, please contact
: John Bela, Civic Center Victory Garden Coordinator,, (415) 350-8257.
Follow Up 07.14.08: For the first time since 1943, the first edible garden was planted Saturday at San Francisco’s Civic Center, with the hopes of encouraging residents to eat healthy food. Mayor Newsom and Alice Waters were among those in attendance. Photos and more here.

posted by CASFS 2006 @ 8:47 AM


At 11:07 PM, Blogger Kevin said...

I'm all for urban gardens, but calling them "victory gardens" concerns me. Seeing as the US historically planted these during WWII, and now are at war in Iraq and Afghanistan. The average American would probably associate this name with support for these current occupations. Seeing as the war is highly unpopular in America and abroad, I think future urban gardens would proliferate faster if they were instead called "bring our troops home gardens."


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