Victory gardens, or war gardens, were introduced during World War I as a way for U.S. citizens to support the war effort, growing vegetables at home to supplement the wartime food supply. The practice reemerged during World War II, and it's estimated that 20 million American participated and produced 40 percent of all vegetables consumed in the United States.
Chicago's Walkabout Theater Company's "War Garden" revisits these times in history and the concept of "patriotic agriculture."
The best part? (Find out below.) We're most excited about the production's location.
"War Garden" is being performed in active community gardens around the city, including Ginkgo Organic Gardens, where we've spent some time volunteering.
An evening in the garden, watching a play about gardening? Sounds pretty great to us.
Here's the full schedule:
June 29 Ginkgo Organic Garden, 4055 N. Kenmore Avenue, 5p.m.
July 6 African Heritage Garden, 3546 West 12th Place, 5p.m.
July 13 El Coqui Garden, 2600 W Crystal Ave., 5p.m.
July 19-20 Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N Central Park Ave., 1p.m.
July 25-27 Growing Power Garden, Grant Park, 5p.m.
Suggested donation is $10.
This Sunday's performance at Ginkgo Organic Gardens will include children's activities from 5-5:30 p.m., and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs.
More: Walkabout Theater Company
Victory Garden (Wikipedia)
Related: Ginkgo Organic Gardens in Chicago
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