Victory Gardens were also called War Gardens or Food Gardens, and they were fruit, vegetable and herb gardens planted at private residences and public parks in the UK, Australia, Germany, the US and during World War I and World War II.
During war time, governments encouraged their citizens to plant Victory Gardens to boost morale and to supplement their food rations by reducing pressure on public food supply.
In addition, people were also encouraged to keep chickens at home.
Ahh!! Those good ole’ days when the governments actually looked out for us by encouraging us to be self-sufficient. Good times, folks, good times!!
However over time, like a bad parent, the governments have encouraged us to be more and more dependent on the State and less dependent on our selves.
The job of a good parent is to raise their children to be independent, self-sufficient, functioning adults.
A bad parent does the opposite in order to keep us sick, weak, and permanently dependent on them.
It is no wonder that much of modern governments have been described as the Nanny States.
Some have even suggested a deeper and darker motive behind their actions – that by keeping its citizens uninformed, weak, sick, and dependent, the citizens are easier to control and manipulate.
Sounds a lot like an abusive relationship, huh?
Is it any wonder that there is an increase in sociopathic, psychopathic and narcissistic behaviour within relationships and institutions of all kinds??
The family and community are often a reflection of society at large and the microcosm is a reflection of the macrocosm.
In any case, I digress.
In some countries, small-scale produce is allowed via an allotment or community garden.
However, produce gardening isn’t actively encouraged and now with quarantine measures in place, people will be discouraged from going into communal gardens
Not only do modern people have no idea how to grow their own food or even herbal remedies, we now have a generation of children that do not know or understand where their food comes from.
Some children thought chocolate milk came from brown cows!!
The Coronavirus pandemic has made us confront very real issues of sustainability and self-sufficiency.
This thing ain’t going away anytime soon.
Given the normal course of previous pandemics, it will take about 2 years before this pandemic runs its course or treatment or vaccine of sorts is found.
Sure, there is a lot of noise in the media about this treatment or that treatment and so on, but medically, it takes 2 years….1.5 years if you are lucky, to research, develop, trial and stabilise the drug.
So buckle up, buttercup, it’s going to be an interesting ride and the sooner we all learn to adjust, the better.
This is not just a fight for your life, but for your survival and food is one of the most basic needs.
The panic buying displayed by the public hasn’t helped matters, but let’s not forget that the food workers, farmers and so on, are also human beings like us and thus, they too are vulnerable to this virus and to getting sick.
If a mere quarter of the food industry is grounded by illness or panic buying, the impact on us as individuals will be huge. Many governments are already dropping hints that they might need to bring in rationing – far stricter rationing than what is currently being practiced at several supermarkets and grocery shops now.
We must also remember that with lockdowns and quarantines taking place worldwide, many countries who are dependent on food import will be taking a huge hit.
The inevitable result of all this would be wartime rationing. Are you seriously ready for that?
I am a huge fan of trying to find the silver lining within a bad situation, and also of doing the best that we can with what we have.
A key advantage that our generation has over previous pandemic generations and even the war generations is that we live in the digital age.
People from previous generations couldn’t easily get access to plant seeds like we can.
Many would have to walk or travel for miles, and if there were quarantine measures in place, they couldn’t do that either.
However, we are able to order these items online – for now at least.
So, if there’s one thing I would encourage you to do this Spring for yourself and your family, it would be to get started on a victory garden, while we are still able to order seeds and whatnot online.
In addition to stocking up on dried food items like I mentioned HERE, having a Victory Garden will do much to help you meet your daily food needs.
Select a few easy-grow items and get started.
Get the kids involved and it would be an enjoyable learning experience for them.
Instead of lazily sitting on our derriere all day, whinging and whining, and waiting for the government to help us, fix us and save us, we can get up and do something for ourselves!
And it doesn’t matter if you don’t have a lot of land to grow some produce.
You can grow something! Even if all you have is a courtyard, you CAN grow something!
Even if all you have is a balcony, you STILL can grow something!
Work with whatever space you do have.
Be the Proverbs 31 woman that I showcased HERE – she looks to the affairs of her house ie she is self-sufficient.
Married, single or not, you can and you should strive to be like the Proverbs 31 woman.
And even if you can’t grow certain types of food produce, what you do grow can be bartered with someone else who has what you do want.
Our Lady of self-sufficiency, pray for us!
ad Jesum per Mariam