The Victory Garden

Welcome To The Hampton Victory Garden (1)


Victory gardens first appeared during World War I and former enslaved person and agrarian scientist, George Washington Carver, brought them back into the national consciousness when he promoted the idea in a 1942 agricultural tract for the Tuskegee Institute of Alabama. Victory gardens caught on around the nation, and soon civilians everywhere were growing food for themselves and their communities. The gardens popped up in backyards, vacant lots, school grounds, and even in city-owned parks where residents could all participate in growing food.
The gardens were also called “war gardens” because they helped reduce the pressure on the public food supply that had been created by the war. At the height of World War II, victory gardens produced as much as 41 percent of the nation’s fresh produce while building morale and encouraging patriotism. (Source: https://www.bobvila.com/articles/victory-garden/)

Did you know the Victory Garden in Boston is the oldest surviving victory garden in the country?  
Learn more about it here: https://education.nationalgeographic.org/resource/fenway-victory-gardens
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The Hampton Victory Garden is located on Barbour Rd.  In 1991, the Conservation Commission finalized the purchase of a 33- acres parcel owned by Leston Perkins. Mr. Perkins had used the property as a chicken farm.  In 1992, with the help of many townspeople, including students of Hampton Academy and Winnacunnet High School, and volunteers from the Fire Department, the water and fencing were installed and Victory Garden was officially established.  It's worth noting that this is the second location for the Victory Garden.  It was once located on a parcel situated behind the former Hampton Cooperative Bank parking lot.

Location: Barbour Rd, Hampton, NH
Contact: Kathy Brock, hamptonvictorygarden@gmail.com
Plots: 40 plots, 15′ x 20′
Eligibility: Garden plots are only available to Hampton residents and only one garden is permitted per dwelling unit. Currently, there is a waiting list for garden plots. Please email Kathy to add your name to the waiting list.
Fee: $25

For gardening resources, please visit our Gardening Resources page. 

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Dick Gardener

On August 30th we left our work clothes at home and joined together for a pot luck supper and to say good bye to a long time gardener and friend Dick Gardner who has been instrumental in the development of the community garden since its inspection in the early 1990's. Not only has Dick taken care of most maintenance issues throughout the years but he has always been the go to guy for other gardeners with agricultural issues. He has generously shared his wealth of knowledge with many and could be seen sitting in his chair at the back of the garden long after the frost had set in. Dicks philosophy was that if he could open the garden gate ( snow) he could garden. We will all miss him and wish him and Anne all the best in their new home in Hudson MA.

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