Letter from the Director: We Are STILL the Ones We’ve Been Waiting for

Dear Friends,

By now, you have probably simmered down your post-election emotions, for better or worse.  Maybe you celebrated. Maybe you cried.  But, you certainly cared about the outcome. This time around, it seems that everyone wanted change… maybe you thought it was coming from a Washington outsider, or a woman, or the separation of big business and government.  Maybe you mixed it up and said, ‘This is crap. I refuse to vote.’ (I know you are out there.  At least ten people told me this.)

Why am I bringing up this angst-ridden election again, you ask?  Well, because, guess what? Nothing has changed, yet again, as far as I can tell. We still have the same food system as we did on November 8th. Glyphosate is still found in unsafe quantities in far too many foods. Obesity is still on the rise. Corn syrup is still the cheapest high-calorie poison you can buy, sealing the fate of the health of many low-income families. Some of the most magically productive soil on the planet is still washing down the Mississippi in the fall rains.  Need I go on?

Victory Garden Initiative was founded on this truth “We are the ones that we are waiting for” to make the changes we wish to see in this world. Now, more than ever, this resonates deep into the core of who we are.  There is no politician that will, once voted in, make the policies needed to create a community-based, socially just, ecologically sustainable, and nutritious food system for all.  Grassroots heroes like Aldo Leopold, who fostered private landowner conservation programs in our great state, and Percy Schmeiser, the Canadian farmer who independently fought Monsanto for decades and finally won, knew in their gut, just like we do, that change is truly up to us.  Each and every one of us. It can be accomplished by growing our own food, through our day-to-day activities and through the ‘voting’ power of every dollar we spend.

This year, we need you more than ever. We need your financial support to ensure the success of the powerful grassroots programs that we run.  Our programs affect direct change in the food system. We don’t protest the world we don’t want, rather, we BUILD the world that we DO want, row by row. Garden by garden. Yard by yard.

Please consider supporting our cause this year. Know it in your soul, that you are doing the right thing, by making a contribution towards a community that grows its own food.

Grow food where we live. Donate so others can do the same.

~gretchen

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One Response to Letter from the Director: We Are STILL the Ones We’ve Been Waiting for

  1. Alvada Owen says:

    I live in Virginia and get PBS here and I can’t begin to tell you how much I love your shows. I really LOVE the segments on Victory Gardens and haven’t saw them recently. Are you still doing these segments and if so could you send me the dates and times they will air. Thank you so much and have a Merry Christmas.

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