Articles, blogs and videos about Victory Gardens and San Diego Food

Online and Print Publications

The Twenty-Six V is for Victory article about Victory Gardens San Diego, published April 2014. The article begins on page 69. Lots of delicious photos and inspiration!

San Diego Alive! Victory Gardens are taking root in county by Peggy Peattie. About Victory Gardens San Diego and the work of VGSD founder Mindy Swanson, published July 21, 2009 in the San Diego Union Tribune. Check out the video story by clicking here.

Student Farmhands Propose On-campus Agriculture By Edwin Gonzalez. How a group of students is developing plans to foster an urban farm on the UCSD campus by the end of the year. Published Monday, May 18, 2009 in the UCSD Guardian.

San Franscisco adopts local food policy San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom issued the first ever comprehensive food policy for San Francisco, and a sweeping action plan to make improvements to food that is available in the region. The plan, which Mayor Newsom issued through Executive Directive, aims to ensure that all regional residents have access to healthy food, and will have far reaching impact throughout Northern California by increasing support for area farms. by Roots of Change

Back to the 'Old Normal' of Domesticity by Olga Bonfiglio. This year I decided to learn how to garden. My resolve wasn't just a notion for a new pastime or a move toward hip liberalism. Rather, it was my response to global warming and in particular, the depletion of fossil fuels, which has a direct effect on our food system. Published Monday, May 18, 2009 by

Homegrown Harvest by Nan Sterman. Three local kitchen gardens show that you can do it, too. When the going gets tough, the tough get growing. We've seen it before – during World War II and the Great Depression, in the energy crisis of the 1970s, and now, in one of the leanest times many of us have ever known. Published August 3, 2008 by

San Diego’s Urban Farmers by Erin Glass. Meet the pioneers planting crops in the shadow of downtown skyscrapers. About a year ago, Karon Klipple, a mathematics professor at San Diego City College, took a long, hard look at the campus lawn. With all the talk about global warming, the benefits of eating local and organic food, not to mention San Diego’s drought worries, it seemed the land and resources might be put to better use. So Klipple, who is chair of City College’s Environmental Stewardship Committee, founded Seeds at City, a thriving sub-acre farm smack dab on the downtown campus. Published March 18, 2009 by

The Self-sufficient Foodie by Erin Glass. How to harvest an omnivore's meal straight from your urban home. San Diegans are demonstrating one can produce a fair portion of their food. And it doesn’t have to be for a vegetarian diet. Fish, poultry and eggs can be harvested straight from the yard. “It’s pretty hard to grow all your food, but you can grow a percentage of it,” Paul Maschka said, an urban farmer at City College’s Seeds at City. Aside from growing vegetables, Maschka makes cheese, sauerkraut, kimchi, tempeh, honey wine and honey at home. Published March 16, 2009 by

A Food Revolution in the Making from Victory Gardens to White House Lawn
by Michael Pollan. In April 2009, First Lady Michelle Obama broke ground for a new vegetable garden on the South lawn of the White House. It's the first time food will be grown at the President's residence since Eleanor Roosevelt planted her Victory Garden during World War II. Back then, as part of the war effort, the government rationed many foods and the shortage of labor and transportation fuel made it difficult for farmers to harvest and deliver fruits and vegetables to market. The First Lady's Victory Garden set an example for the entire nation: they too could produce their own fruits and vegetables. Nearly 20 million Americans answered the call. They planted gardens in backyards, empty lots, and even on city rooftops. Neighbors pooled their resources, planted different types of produce, and formed cooperatives--all in the name of patriotism. Published April 28, 2009 by

The Obama Foodorama: Everything From Arugula To Waffles. An archive of Obama Food Art, White House recipes, White House Kitchen Garden info, Ag Policy Commentary & Food Politics, and an exploration of the Folk Foodways of the Obama White House.

Victory Gardens: Digging their way out of recession In 1943 Eleanor Roosevelt encouraged a return to the “victory gardens” that had become popular during the first world war, when the country faced food shortages. Mrs Roosevelt planted a garden at the White House; some 20m Americans followed her lead, and by the end of the war grew 40% of the nation’s vegetables. Published February 26, 2009 by The Economist

San Diego-based Food & Garden Blogs

Crazy Salad musings of a San Diego Foodie.

Down(town) on the Farm about the Seeds@City Urban Farm at City College

FoodBuzzSD Food Buzz SD you'll find the latest news, reviews and of course, the best buzz about the movers and shakers that make the San Diego food scene.

La Vida Locavore by San Diegan Jill Richardson. La Vida Locavore is the blog for anyone whose crazy life includes planting, growing, weeding, fertilizing, raising, picking, harvesting, processing, cooking, baking, making, serving, buying, selling, distributing, transporting, composting, organizing around, lobbying about, writing about, thinking about, talking about, playing with, and eating food!

Livin' La Vida Local The adventures of a twenty-something apartment dweller (with her oh-so-patient husband in tow) as she devotes a year to finding out exactly what it takes to become a "localtarian." Are locally grown organic produce, meat, and milk products worth all the effort?

Online Videos

Suburban Farming: An Idea Whose Time Has Come!
From the Organic Consumers Association.