Victory gardens, allotments, urban farms or micro-farms to combat hunger (Google / YumaSun)

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Micro-farms are gaining popularity around country


If you can remember WWII then you remember Victory Gardens, which provided over 40 percent of America’s food during the war years.

At that time, food was rationed and people raised their own chickens, hogs, cows and all the vegetables they could eat. Canning was popular in order to preserve the garden’s bounty. After the war, industrialization and urbanization increased, homes were built close together, yards shrank to postage-sized plots of grass and the home garden almost disappeared.

The good news is that once again, home gardens are back and so is the small family farm, now called a micro-farm or urban farm. From Washington to Virginia and Arizona to Louisiana, people are raising animals and growing vegetables in order to have healthier, better-tasting food. They want their vegetables free of pesticides and herbicides and to have that delicious taste which comes from being picked fresh from the garden.

Many micro-farms are raising chickens, goats, sheep or cows which are free of growth hormones and antibiotics. Micro-farmers take pride in growing their own food.



Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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