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#126 Victory Gardens

Washington, DC and Chicago, IL

According to guest Rose Haden Smith, an expert on gardening and U.S. History, "The Victory Gardens of World War I and World War II helped Americans weather hard times. They helped the family budget; improved dietary practices; reduced the food mile and saved fuel; beautified communities; and empowered every citizen to contribute to a national effort." The current struggling economy has caused a resurgence of Victory Gardens across America. In this episode, we explore the concept of the Victory Garden and investigate the USDA's new initiative called "The People's Garden" to help communities create their own gardens across America. From Washington, DC to a small urban garden that replaces a front lawn, viewers learn how it is possible to grow a season's worth of vegetables for very little money. Using a common Victory Garden vegetable, Chef Nathan creates a saut'ed Swiss chard frittata.

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