Digging for Victory: How America’s Gardeners Helped the War Effort
Santa Paula News
Published: January 02, 2013
Gardening was a patriotic duty during World Wars I and II, part of a home front effort in which children and adults were recruited to grow and preserve food.
Find out what lessons we can now apply from those times, when historian Rose Hayden-Smith, nationally recognized expert on Victory Gardens, wartime food policies, and school garden programs, presents “Digging for Victory” at the Museum of Ventura County Agriculture Museum in Santa Paula. The talk is on Saturday, January 26 at 2:00 p.m. Admission is $10 for the general public and $5 for members, and includes admission to all exhibits. To RSVP call 805-525-3100.
Hayden-Smith is strategic initiative leader in Sustainable Food Systems for the University of California’s Agriculture and Natural Resources division. Her lecture accompanies the museum’s current exhibition When Gardening Was Patriotic, which includes rare vintage World War I and World War II posters.
As a 4-H youth, family and community development advisor for UC’s Cooperative Extension office in Ventura County, Hayden-Smith’s work focuses on providing gardening and food systems education to youth, educators and community audiences. She uses historical examples to influence current public policies on food systems and nutrition. Hayden-Smith holds a doctorate in U.S. history and public historical studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is a Kellogg Foundation food and society policy fellow.
The Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum is located at 926 Railroad Avenue, Santa Paula, California, in their historic downtown, near the Depot and next to the railroad tracks. Hours are 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 children 6-17, free for Museum of Ventura County members, and for children ages 5 and younger. Paid events include free admission to the galleries, and the first Sundays of every month are free general admission for the public. For more information, go to www.venturamuseum.org or call (805) 525-3100.