The site of the original Peterson Garden Project garden was once a WW2 Victory Garden. This inspired me in many ways because my parents were Greatest Generation – my father was in the Occupied Forces and my mother was a Rosie the Riveter. I grew up with that Greatest Generation ethos “if you don’t like something, change it.” “Less talk, more DO.” “We’re in this together.”
The “old” story of Victory Gardens seemed so fresh and relevant. Sure, the reasons for victory are different today but no less important! And some things will never change — everyone still eats and lives in communities. I went down a research rabbit hole learning about how Chicago lead the nation in the WW2 Victory Garden movement and that became the basis for this lecture.
Using archival materials and photos, this presentation brings to life the important WW2 Victory Garden story and its relevance today.
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