‘Victory Garden Story’ Summer Student Writing Contest Now Underway

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Looking for a fun, meaningful summer project for children to make the most of the break from school? Victory Garden Connection, LLC announces students have until September 30, 2014 to enter the ‘Victory Garden Story’ Contest and dig up the history of local community gardens for a chance to win great prizes!

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Victory Garden Connection is urging parents, grandparents and great grandparents across the country to contribute to preserving this history by submitting their own memories to the website!

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.

In addition to the student contest, Victory Garden Connection is urging parents, grandparents and great grandparents across the country to contribute to preserving the history of victory and war gardens by submitting their own memories to the website. Stories can be submitted at: http://www.victorygardenconnection.org/submit_story.php.

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.

For complete guidelines and details on how to enter the 2014 ‘Victory Garden Story Contest,’ visit: http://www.victorygardenconnection.org/vgc-contest-2014.php?vsmaid=34.

To learn more about how the new Victory Garden Connection is making it possible for agriculture professionals, master gardeners and related businesses to locate land opportunities in their local communities, visit http://www.VictoryGardenConnection.org and join our Facebook and LinkedIn communities for news and updates.

Steve Alsop| 704-763-0417 or info(at)VictoryGardenConnection(dot)org.

About Victory Garden Connection
Victory Garden Connection is a hub that connects agricultural professionals—individuals and businesses—with land owners across the United States and is a primary resource and database for Victory Garden stories and information. The Victory Gardens that became a part of daily life during WWI and WWII in the United States reduced pressure on the public food supply caused by the war effort.

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.

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