ActiveRain, a plot of land, some seeds and an abundant supply

Mortgage and Lending with Bank of Oregon a division of Willamette Valley Bank

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!







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Emily Medvec
eXp Realty LLC - Santa Fe, NM
Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

Karen, interest post for anther way to build community in this new landscape of real estate. In some areas, community gardens are another way to bring people together.

Mar 03, 2011 11:29 PM #1
San Antonio Texas New Homes for Sale - San Antonio, TX
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hill Country

Karen...I like the correlation to ActiveRain , real estate and agents/brokers...    I suggested this post for Featured Post  

Mar 04, 2011 12:33 AM #2
Karen Burket
Bank of Oregon a division of Willamette Valley Bank - Medford, OR
Valley Mortgage Grou, Conventional, FHA, VA, mortgages

Hi Emily.  I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment.  And agreed, it's a GREAT way to bring communities together.  I read an article that actually made comment as to the resurgence of this type of activity.  Best to you!


Thank you Robert for your nice comments and an added BIG thanks for the suggestion.  All the best to you!

Mar 04, 2011 04:11 AM #3
David Burrows
Classic Realty - Fairfax, VA
No Pressure, Just Seriously Devoted to Real Estate

Great post Karen and I like the Victory Garden - or as Emily says, Community Garden. Thanks for sharing and we all need to thank a Veteran tomorrow!

Nov 10, 2011 10:36 AM #4
Karen Burket
Bank of Oregon a division of Willamette Valley Bank - Medford, OR
Valley Mortgage Grou, Conventional, FHA, VA, mortgages

Thank you David!  And yes, we should be thanking a Veteran EVERY day, but at the very least, tomorrow for sure.  Have yourself a great weekend!

Nov 10, 2011 11:24 AM #5
John M. Scott
BRE # 01442690, Scott Keys Properties - San Francisco, CA
Broker / Owner San Francisco Bay Area

I heard Victory Gardens were very popular Karen. I think they're coming back, people are now planting gardens in their front yards, sometimes in conflict with city codes. I tried to grow tomatoes this past summer, but the darn plants got tomato blight! Darn. Thanks for the reminder though, I'll have to call my brother tomorrow, he was in the Air Force during the Vietnam War, but stationed in Turkey.

Nov 10, 2011 01:43 PM #6
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