Speaking

From the Library of Congress to the Seed Saver’s Exchange annual Camp Out & Conference… garden shows, arboreta, conferences, nonprofit organizations, universities, libraries, public gardens. I love talking about how people growing food together changes everything! Also, there might be a sing-a-long.

Chicago Victory Gardens: Yesterday and Tomorrow

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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How Community Gardens Can Save America

It was a great honor to be able to speak at the Library of Congress. In my first visit in 2011, I spoke about Chicago Victory Gardens: Yesterday and Tomorrow. When invited back in 2016, I was bookended by a lecture on Ebola and a lecture on Chemical Warfare so I figured my topic had to have some gravitas. How Community Gardens Can Save America started out tongue-in-cheek but after the Library of Congress presentation I realized how true it was. “Everyone” armed with the information on how to grow their own food would create a seismic shift in how we perceive hunger, land, the food system… the simple act of teaching others a lifelong skill and encouraging its use in a community setting has huge ramifications. I’ve given this lecture many times since and feel more strongly about it every time.

Interested in a speaking engagement? Information is available via the Timber Press Speaker’s Bureau

“We can grow it!”

— LAMANDA JOY, AUTHOR, SPEAKER, & GARDENER

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