Green Zones Events 5/5
TODAY, Tuesday, May 5, join me at two back-to-back FREE events at Firehouse 13, 41 Central Street in Providence.
First, at 5:30pm, check out Green Zones: From the War Garden to Your Garden, a presentation on Victory Gardens, the Women’s Land Army of America, and how gardeners are growing their own food today.
Wartimes are fertile times for American gardeners and farmers. Panel organizer Sarah Zurier, a historian at the RI Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission, will share her research on Rhode Island’s wartime garden movements from King Philip’s War to World War II. Panelist Judy Barrett Litoff, a Professor of History at Bryant University, will discuss the Women’s Land Army of World War II and the crucial role played by women who plowed the ground, planted the seeds, cultivated the plants, and harvested much of the nation’s crops from 1942-45. Rich Pederson, the City Farm Manager at the Southside Community Land Trust in Providence, will discuss the motivations behind Victory Gardens and how similar they are to contemporary efforts to “Grow Your Own.”
Whether it’s the current economic crisis, the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, concerns about food safety, or interest in environmental sustainability, a new crop of Americans will plant a garden in 2009. Among the first-time gardeners is First Lady Michelle Obama, who initiated a new fruit and vegetable garden on the South Lawn of the White House in March. What will inspire YOU to plant a garden this year?
Green Zones: From the War Garden to Your Garden is made possible through major funding support from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, an independent state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Next, around 7:30pm, it’s the first RI Urban Ag Spring Start Party. Seed swapping, plant sharing, food potluck, drink, music, learning about local garden organizations and projects, and getting to know your fellow gardeners. Let’s start the spring together!