Grow Dat in the Victory Garden
This week, twenty high school students from New Orleans’ Grow Dat Youth Farm visited the Museum’s on-site Victory Garden. Grow Dat is a non-profit educational program in which teens from five local high schools plant, grow and harvest their own produce on a four-acre farm located in the heart of New Orleans’ City Park. The members of Grow Dat visited the Museum’s Victory Garden to learn about the roots of urban farming and the parallels that exist between Victory Gardening in WWII and today’s local and organic food movements. During WWII, there were more than 20 million Victory Gardens planted across the United States – roughly one Victory Garden for every seven people. Even though Grow Dat does not call itself a Victory Garden, it shares the same mission: to produce healthy food for the local community.
To learn more about Victory Gardens in WWII, visit the Classroom Victory Garden Project.
This post by Collin Makamson, Red Ball Express Coordinator @ The National WWII Museum