Green Zones Events 5/5

wargardensvictorious-wright1TODAY, 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!

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  • 1. “Hope Gardens” | Providence Daily Dose  |  April 13, 2009 at 7:49 am

    […] an update on all things green, from Sara Zurier.  First, she draws us to this column from the Projo, calling for a state community gardening […]

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  • […] April 17, 2009 From The War Garden to Your Garden Posted by scltoutreach under Uncategorized No Comments  From the White House to South Providence, there’s more enthusiasm for home gardening than ever before. There is a rich history of gardening during difficult times. SCLT friend Sarah Zurier will be hosting a special panel discussion on the topic on May 5. From the Green Zone blog: […]

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  • 3. Rhode Island State Council on the Arts:    |  April 17, 2009 at 10:28 am

    […] Victory Gardens! On 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. I’ll be talking about Rhode Island’s wartime garden movements, Judy Barrett Litoff (Bryant University) will discuss the Women’s Land Army of World War II, and Rich Pederson (Southside Community Land Trust) will present on how and why we grow victory gardens today.  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.   Bring some seeds, plants, or a potluck dish, and think spring! More info: https://greenzonegarden.wordpress.com/green-zones-event/ […]

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    […] Green Zones Events 5/5 […]

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  • 5. Dig It | Providence Daily Dose  |  May 4, 2009 at 11:18 am

    […] Tomorrow night (Tuesday), there will be a panel discussion about the history of Victory Gardens. More info from the web: Wartimes are fertile times for American gardeners and farmers. Panel organizer Sarah Zurier, a […]

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  • 6. Cornelia  |  May 6, 2009 at 9:34 am

    What a fantastic event! It is so helpful to look at our history to give us direction and hope for the future – thank you Sarah, Rich and Judy for sharing your knowledge. We met so many wonderful people, potlucked, swapped seeds and beautiful seedlings, and are energized by the passionate and mobilized people of Providence – bravo!
    Cornelia at HOMEGROWN.org

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