It is common during times of war and illness, households learn more tactics to become more independent such as growing their own fruits and vegetables. These types of gardens are often referred to as victory gardens. This part of history is currently repeating itself, as people are running to become more educated on gardening through courses such as Oregon State University’s Master Gardening class. Normally only 20 to 30 prospective students enroll annually, but this year they’ve seen that number jump to 29,000.
- Recently, Oregon State University found that the enrollments rates for their Master Gardener class has greatly increased.
- Typically, Oregon State sees about 20 to 30 individuals enroll in their Master Gardener course, but this year there were 29,000 students who registered.
- When gardens are planted during wars or pandemics, they are often referred to as victory gardens.
“Starting with the World War I, the U.S. government was encouraging Americans to grow their own food to help relieve shortages.”