<ul>Oshawa Victory Garden Project </ul><ul>Engaging the community by re-creating a successful initiative from WW1 and WW2 Operated by the F oundation for B uilding S ustainable C ommunities (fbsc.org) </ul>
<ul>Topics </ul><ul>1. The Organization: Foundation for Building Sustainable Communities (fbsc.org) 2. Victory Gardens 3. Oshawa Victory Garden Project 4. Growing Forward </ul>
<ul>Foundation for Building Sustainable Communities (fbsc.org) </ul><ul><ul><li>Incorporated as not for profit in 2003 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mandate : to preserve and repair the environment and to ameliorate the living conditions of the underprivileged </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mission : to cultivate sustainable sensibilities </li></ul></ul>
<ul>Allies </ul><ul>- IEEE Humanitarian Initiatives - TD Canada -Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #43 - City for Oshawa - Veterans Affairs - UOIT - Ontario Ministry of Transportation - Ontario Ministry of Energy - Ontario Power Generation - Robert Bell, Sales Representative, Guide Realty LTD Brokerage </ul>
<ul>What is a Victory Garden? </ul><ul><li>During WW 1 and WW 2, the Allies had a Home Front strategy which involved the weapons of community, cooperation and gardening to fuel the spirit of victory. </li></ul><ul><li>Front yards, back yards and parks were converted from flowers and grass to food. </li></ul><ul><li>It was a way to provide food and a way for everyone to do their part for the war effort. </li></ul>
<ul>Impact of Victory Gardens </ul><ul>Victory Gardens were: </ul><ul>-home based or city allotments; -provided 40% of the food production during the war; - significant food source for city dwellers -In many cases an extra source of family income </ul>
<ul>Examples </ul><ul>Parks were divided into community garden and allotments. Citizens picked up shovels, rakes and hoes. Public spaces were converted into food gardens, examples: </ul><ul><li>Hyde and Regent Parks in London,
<ul>Cultivating the Idea </ul><ul>We choose the Victory Garden model because it is an easily replicated historical project. We have documented our progress with pictures, blogs and videos. FBSC wanted to showcase how urban farming is a viable local endeavor </ul>
<ul>Garden Layout </ul><ul><li>Based upon a 1943 Ministry of Agriculture design
Harvest and delivery of food to Feed the Need in Durham </li></ul>
<ul>Growing Forward </ul><ul>Long term plan: </ul><ul><li>300 residents growing a Victory Garden in the next five years
Broaden the cycle to include storage, home canning and meal preparation
Certification, mentorship and support programs for the gardeners
Integration of the concept into the common curriculum in Ontario
Create more synergistic collaboration with community partners </li></ul>
<ul><li>Victory Gardens are a simple but effective way to empower people to grow their own food </li></ul><ul><li>A cost effective and healthy source of nutritious food. </li></ul><ul><li>Surplus benefits the hungry </li></ul><ul><li>Proven concept that encourages community participation </li></ul><ul><li>What is old is new again! Victory Garden's are a timely concept. </li></ul>
For more information about the Oshawa Victory Garden Http://oshawavictory Garden.wordpress.com
By May 1942 it was down to 8 ounces per week or 48 tsp
Today, we eat on average 22 teaspoons per day </li></ul>
Rations include: Maple syrup products, table syrups, molasses, apple or honey butter, and canned fruits. On 23 August, 1943 jams, jellies, marmalade, and honey were put in the rationed category. By October evaporated milk was just for priority use.
Late in 1944, sugar rationing became even more stringent. An article in the press revealed the need for sugar in the production of shells and bombs and molasses for synthetic rubber. Molasses was a special food item for Maritimers. They had a long tradition of slathering it on bread and there was consternation when it first became short in 1943.
Other goods such as cigarettes and alcohol were never officially rationed, but were often in short supply with higher prices, Some shopkeepers kept their limited stocks for their favourite customers
Rationing continued after the war ended. Meat, which had been taken off the list in February 1944, was back on in September 1945. The need for an increased supply for devastated Europe was urgent. An editorial in the Journal stated – "Paradoxical as it may appear, peace has created a greater food problem than there was at any time during the war.
The last Ration Book was issued in September 1946.