Mission: To empower our community with Agricultural and Nutritional Literacy.
Why a “Victory” Garden?
During World War II, the United States government encouraged everyday citizens to grow food in an effort to bolster the war effort. Today, we find ourselves similarly endangered by the pressing threat of Climate Disruption and large-scale Earth Degeneration. In order to protect our beautiful country, we must once again rise up and fight for victory over this dangerous destruction that could eliminate our very way of life.
Interested in helping out with our Victory Garden?
*The Theosophical Society is a meat-free campus, so we thank you for respecting this rule.
Community gardens harken back to a time when all land was held communally. Usufruct land use reduces conflict and ensures that no one is excluded or left behind from nature’s bounty and everyone is interdependent upon each other for success. This co-reliance strengthens community bonds and innovation. In our Victory Garden, everyone has a place. Each person is expected to perform according to their ability and to strive to attain their full potential. The Victory Garden provides a space for gardening or cooking beginners to be mentored by those more experienced to bolster their agricultural and nutritional literacy. A feeling of belonging among a place and people can combat drug abuse, violence, aggression, depression, anxiety, and indifference. By giving our community the ability to grow and cook their own food we are tending to the human spirit in a crucial way
We named our garden the Victory Garden because, according to a report by the United Nations, small-scale organic agriculture is the only true way to feed our growing population sustainably into the future. Our garden is in the style of the Victory Gardens of World War II which were created to defeat the Nazis. Our garden is created to overcome the threat of climate change by creating local food resilience. Eating more vegetables and less meat is the single greatest contribution an Environmental Advocate can make to fight climate change. Vegetable production has an exponentially less harmful impact on land, water, and air resources than meat production.
In our newly created demonstration gardens we are creating a model which will give volunteers real-world job skills in the food production sector. We will use our to-scale model gardens to demonstrate the feasibility of a career in sustainable agriculture as well as food production. We hope to incorporate at-risk community members with their required community service hours and plug them in to this engaging and fulfilling career. According to the Department of Labor Statistics, the Green sector of the economy was the only sector to grow through the 2008 recession. We hope to teach our community that the only truly secure investment is an investment into sustainability.