The ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign was started at the beginning of World war two, in Britain,
The people of Britain were urged to use any spare land to grow vegetables.
Victory gardens were planted everywhere…and I mean everywhere!
All land was considered viable for planting, including gardens, lawns, parks, golf clubs and all public spaces even in the City of London, around the Tower of London, for example!
During the height of the war, when food was rationed through scarcity, there were 3.5 million allotments in Britain, producing over a million tonnes of vegetables and it was estimated that in 1944 British gardeners produced between 2 and 3 million tons of food overall!
People were encouraged to keep small livestock and ‘Pig Clubs’ were formed as a way of best utilizing leftovers to feed the pigs.
Hens and Ducks were kept for their valuable eggs.
The children growing up through this period of time were the healthiest ever reared in Britain.
My mother was born and raised during this time and lived a remarkably long and healthy life!
So, now we are all in a state of financial hardship and unemployment, I have one simple question to pose.
Why cannot our governments introduce a similar campaign?
14 years of Goddess Permaculture at Bealtaine Cottage, West of Ireland...drop in, power up!
Colette O'Neill is a writer, photographer and teacher who has devoted the past 14 years to turning 3 acres of derelict land into a woodland sanctuary for all life, planting over 1,100 trees in the process.
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