With tomorrow being Veteran's Day, my mind wandered back to the memory of my grandfather, a United States Marine who served in World War II. As I was thinking about him, I was also reminded of the small garden my grandmother had in her back yard. It wasn't much...I remember specifically lots of strawberries, however. Several months ago I wrote this post which had to do with Victory Gardens. I wanted to reshare this and give an added BIG THANK YOU to all of you special folks here on AR. I've only been here eleven months, but already feel like I've formed some great new friendships and relationships.
While the concept of Victory Gardens (or War Gardens) was before my time, I've been fascinated by it's concept and inception of such a great idea.
Victory Gardens were promoted during the WWII era. These gardens consisted of fruits, vegetables and herbs that were generally planted at private residences or public parks. The idea was to have the public supply much of their own food as to reduce much of the pressure that was put on the public food supply, due to the war.
But more important, I think, was the way it brought communities together. During war time, the public really needed a feeling of "community" and a morale boost. These gardens enabled individuals to work together, contribute to a labor and be rewarded by the produce grown.
To me, ActiveRain is kind of my own little (ok, not little) Victory Garden. From a business perspective, in some ways we are all "at war" with the housing market. I love that I can come here, plant a few seeds and watch my crops grow. I love being able to share my harvest with my fellow gardeners and I love that I can take away a much needed piece of information from one of my fellow gardeners and know, that they were happy to share the fruits of their labor.
Here's to fruitful crops for all of you!