Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) March 13, 2014
Until now, there has lacked a simple, efficient means to connect trained agricultural professionals with viable land opportunities. Victory Garden Connection is changing that and today announced the launch of http://www.VictoryGardenConnection.org, a new hub connecting agricultural professionals and businesses with land opportunities across the United States to restore community gardens and spur local food production.
With an estimated 22 million people working across more than 200 agriculture related fields and projected 58,000 annual job openings for US food and agricultural sciences graduates, there is a thriving community of agricultural professionals.
However, although careers are abundant, there has until now lacked a simple, efficient means within the community to connect trained professionals with viable land opportunities. Victory Garden Connection is changing that with its new Experts & Businesses Database which will make it easy for agriculture professionals, master gardeners and related businesses to submit their credentials and sign up to be connected with undeveloped land opportunities. The Land Database allows users to list plots of unused and available land across the United States and will be searchable by location—making it easy to find local opportunities to develop community gardens and contribute close to home.
The goal of the Land and Experts & Businesses Databases is to connect the community of agricultural professionals and trained students with available community garden opportunities in a way not done before. Examples of agriculture-related businesses sought for listing in the database include garden supply stores, landscapers seeking to expand, small engine repair shops, professional consultants, Master Gardeners, agriculture career advisors in high school or college and more.
“History has provided us with an excellent business model for local food production—a simple 1940s concept of identifying ‘slacker’ land and matching it up with families and neighbors to learn and work the soil,” said Steve Alsop, founder of Victory Garden Connection. “Today, we have a mass of talent with the education, tools of the trade and love of the soil who are willing to share with land owners to provide an unhealthy country with better food resources and options.”
In addition to its Land and Experts & Businesses databases, Victory Garden Connection is a growing source for stories and information about the Victory Gardens of WWI and WWII.
“The compilation of Victory Garden and War Garden stories from World War I and World War II is also very important to us,” Alsop said. “The individuals who lived and worked the gardens are now in their late 70s or older. It’s critical that this history be captured and recorded for future generations.”
Victory Garden Connection is currently accepting stories that capture the history and lessons learned in community gardens across the country. For more information, 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.
Today, 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.