Green America is urging people in the US to use their gardens as a force for change, to combat climate change, by planting “Climate Victory Gardens”.
Victory Gardens were originally planted during World War I and II in the US, as part of the nation’s efforts to feed their communities at home and support troops overseas. By 1944, nearly 20 million victory gardens produced 8 million tons of food, equaling about 40% of the fresh fruits and vegetables consumed in the US at the time.
Launching the Climate Victory Gardens initiative, Green America said: “Instead of gardening in support of war efforts we are gardening to fight climate change. Shifting garden practices towards principles of regenerative agriculture can be a meaningful part of reversing climate change and sequestering carbon out of the atmosphere and back into the soil.
“We need to immediately sequester carbon from the atmosphere, putting back what has been released from the soil as a result of years of destructive industrial agricultural practices. We don’t expect everyone to quit their day job and take up farming full time. But we can all play a part in our homes and communities.
“Climate Victory Gardens provide an opportunity to fight climate change on the ground, in the very soil beneath our feet. When we grow food at home in a regenerative manner; we purchase less food that has traveled across the country, we compost more food scraps and yard waste keeping it out of landfills, we increase the water holding capacity of our soil decreasing flooding and runoff, and most importantly we rebuild our soil health bringing back its carbon sequestering potential.”
Green America aim to help launch 40 million Climate Victory Gardens that together produce 12 million tons of produce.
Anybody can plant a Climate Victory Garden by growing edible plants, keeping soils covered, encouraging biodiversity, planting perennials, ditching chemicals, composting, integrating crops and animals, using people power, rotating plants and crops, and getting to know their garden.
The Green America website offers guidance, tips and ideas on how to start your own Climate Victory Garden.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea