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Indianapolis has deep roots in urban ag

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 7:34
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Hoosiers don’t just grow foods in the countryside, where acres of land are open for planting. They grow food in backyards and kitchen windows — in alleyways and on rooftops.

By Erica Quinlan, Field Editor
Oct 31, 2016


During World War II, Victory Gardens were encouraged by the U.S. government to encourage citizens to grow their own food.

“The response we had was pretty amazing,” Toner said. “In Indiana, by 1945 we had gathered up more than 800,000 Victory Gardens. By 1945, Indiana’s Victory Gardens produced almost $11 million in wholesale dollars — nearly $26 million in retail value.

“This was a moment when you could see the potential for food in an urban setting to play a significant role in the food supply. There was a political will for people to grow their own food, and it showcased the productive power of urban agriculture.”

After the war, urbanization wasn’t the only population trend. People moved to the suburbs, where they could distance themselves from the traffic and bustle of cities.

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