Lauren Banister and Richard Watts For the Free Press Published 6:08 p.m. UTC May 19, 2018 It may seem obvious but gardeners grow gardens for food. And increases in gardens and gardening parallel tough economic times. When food prices increase, people turn to gardening. The first government supported gardening program in the U.S. started in Detroit in 1893 to address poverty and unemployment. Gardening programs grow in moments of crisis. World War 1 brought us liberty gardens, the Great Depression brought us relief gardens and World War II brought us victory gardens. But in all of these cases, gardening activities faded from national attention once the adverse financial situations stabilized. In the early 1970s, sharp increases in inflation brought government attention back to gardening. Government officials urged “each American family to plant a vegetable garden.” Yet, more people lived in urban areas, and lacked personal property to garden. Enter Lyman Wood Here in Vermont, visionary entrepreneur and gardening advocate Lyman Wood stepped forward with an innovative solution – a community garden. Wood, who had started the gardening tool company Garden Way from his Burlington home became totally committed to connecting gardeners to underused and abandoned urban spaces in their community…. Read full this story
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