Green Zone started as a garden, and became a blog, a research project, and a public presentation.
The Green Zone garden was an organic vegetable, herb, and flower garden installation located at Firehouse 13 in Providence, RI for summer 2008. Inspired, or perhaps provoked, by the fifth anniversary of the War in Iraq, it was planted in the detritus of wartime consumption: used tires, plastic shopping bags, and discarded shoes.
The Green Zone blog provides updates on the garden and related topics like wartime gardens, urban agriculture, Rhode Island gardens, and garden pop culture.
The Green Zone research project is exploring the history of Rhode Island’s wartime and hard-times gardens.
Thanks to the RI Council for the Humanities, there will be a public presentation of my research and other perspectives on wartime gardening and farming on Tuesday, May 5. The event is called “Green Zones: From the War Garden to Your Garden.”
Green Zone was created by Sarah Zurier, an amateur gardener and professional historian who is interested in public landscapes in Rhode Island and beyond.