Victory Garden Story Summer Student Writing Contest Now Underway

Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) July 03, 2014

Victory Garden Connection, LLC, a new hub connecting agricultural professionals and businesses with land opportunities across the United States, announces that its ‘Victory Garden Story’ Contest-which aims to collect and preserve the history of WWI and WWII community gardens-is now underway!

The contest seeks to draw attention to the history, food production methods and lessons learned in community gardens at wartime. The challenge for students: unearth details of local Victory Gardens of the past from parents, grandparents and community members. Then, compile information gathered into a creative, compelling story that describes local wartime gardens, the people who worked them and the role the gardens played in daily life.

Submissions for the student contest should be 500 to 1,000 words in length and include, at a minimum, basic information about where the Victory Garden was during the war, who was involved and affected, and stories captured. The contest is open to US students 21 years of age or younger and runs thru September 30, 2014. In early October, Victory Garden Connection will select 10 finalists based on overall content and historical value and will present finalists’ entries for voting by the public.

Authors of the three most popular submissions will receive awards including a gift card valued at $100.00 each for two runners-up and a $500.00 gift card to one grand prize winner.

New societal pressures including food costs, industrial agriculture and unemployment, among others, have rendered Victory Gardens a viable option even today-a 21st Century solution to modern agricultural and societal problems.

The mission of the Victory Garden Connection Land Database-to which users may submit unused, available land-is to identify plots of land across the United States and to connect agriculture professionals, trained students and serious hobbyists with local opportunities.