In the 1940s, families used victory gardens to grow food during times of rationing. Now, in the time of social distancing, families are returning to the land in their own backyards. #VforVictoryGardens is a community of the new generation of victory gardeners.

Rodale Institute, the birthplace of organic agriculture, is here to help you create your very own organic victory garden at home. Whether you’re looking to be closer to your food, spend more time in nature, or start a new project with the kids, an organic garden is a great place to start.

Sign up today for your Victory Garden Starter Kit, over $50 worth of educational resources from the experts at Rodale Institute, and get planting!

Sign Up Today for a Victory Garden Starter Kit

Rodale Institute’s Victory Garden Starter Kit contains over $50 worth of educational materials direct from our organic gardening experts.

Use the form below to sign up for your starter kit to learn the basics of backyard organic gardening, for the donation of your choice. Each dollar goes to fund Rodale Institute’s mission to support organic farmers, backyard gardeners, and consumers.

Your Exclusive Victory Garden Starter Kit includes:

  • Access to Rodale Institute’s Organic Gardening 101 Webinar ($25 value)
  • Access to Rodale Institute’s Compost Like A Pro! Webinar ($25 value)
  • Backyard Composting Basics Cheatsheet
  • A Simple Guide to Vermicomposting
  • Vertical Gardening in an Urban Environment Booklet
  • Bonus Materials: Get the whole family involved! Each Starter Kit also includes a Kids School Gardening Curriculum to teach your children about soil science, nature, and food.

What is a Victory Garden?

At its core, a victory garden is a way of taking control of your family’s food. This includes knowing exactly how your food was grown, shortening the supply chain, and giving back to the land.

Watch this video from 1942 that encourages families to do their part by planting a victory garden:

 

Why Plant a Victory Garden?

There are many more benefits to having a backyard or community victory garden than you may realize. Here are just some of the reasons to plant a victory garden today:

Lowered carbon footprint due to reduced food transport emissions

Access to fresh, seasonal organic produce with a knowledge of exactly how it was grown

Improved mental and physical health from spending time active and outside

Cost savings

Healthier diets

Community-building with neighbors and other gardeners

Experiencing the power of soil & learning where your food comes from

Need supplies?

Look no further than our online store! For a limited time, we’re offering 3 Victory Garden Kits that include organic seed packets, how-to guides, garden tools, and much more. Available by pick-up and shipping.

Join the Community

Follow along with Rodale Institute ambassador, yoga instructor, and author Amy Ippoliti as she uses Rodale Institute resources to start her very first Victory Garden this spring! Follow her journey at @amyippoliti on Instagram and share your own gardening experience by using the hashtag #VforVictoryGardens.

 

About Amy Ippoliti

Amy Ippoliti is an American yoga teacher, author, and earth conservationist. She is the co-founder of 90 Monkeys, an online school for advanced yoga education. Amy has studied yoga for over 30 years and has been teaching since 1997. She shares her passion for yoga, health and earth conservationism through her writing for major publications, including Yoga Journal and MindBodyGreen. Amy lives an environmentally-conscious lifestyle and supports businesses that operate by this ideal. She is an enthusiastic advocate for sustainable farming and effectively reducing our carbon footprint by making informed decisions about what we eat and buy.

Giveaway Alert!

When you share your gardening journey using #VforVictoryGardens, you’ll be entered to win a special prize package from Rodale Institute, featuring gardening supplies, tools, and apparel. This exclusive prize also includes two guides to backyard gardening: “Growing Good Food” and “Growing Perennial Foods” by regenerative organic farmer Acadia Tucker.

Winner will be randomly chosen and notified by June 19th.

Resources for you

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