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During WWII, civilians were encouraged to “plant for victory,” growing fruits and vegetables for their families and community to relieve some pressure on the struggling food supply chain. Today, as we all take refuge in our homes during quarantine, a new idea of a Victory Garden is emerging. People are again turning to their gardens and outdoor spaces – this time not just looking for food (though that is there too), but for solace. These new Victory Gardeners are not only growing plants, but improving their mental and physical health as well. The simple act of planting a seed or watching a something grow is giving hope in a future where the world will go on and heal. As many of us struggle to find something positive we can do to help during this time, gardening is an activity that is still possible for anyone with a scrap of outdoor space, or even a sunny windowsill. What at first looks like barren dirt, becomes a green sprout that with care will one day bear fruit. We just need to tend it and wait.
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