MEMORIES OF A HOME VICTORY GARDEN

VICTORY GARDEN

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BY ELLEN SCHUMER

City Hall Historian
Copyright © 2008

Maybe the year was 1945…. I was outside in my pinafore and sun bonnet with my miniature watering can, shovel, bucket and hoe. There I stood with the sun shining upon me. I was planting my very own “Victory Garden”.

What a thrill to see the green sprouts coming up out of the ground. I was told that I had to wait for the plantings to mature. What I had planted was French Carrots, green beans and peas.

OH, what a thrill to pluck the first carrot out of the ground, and then, to pop it directly into my mouth. A voice in the background asked, “Mitzi, vegetables have to be washed before they can be eaten.”

I responded by saying “but it tastes so good and it is so sweet.”

The thrill choosing seeds, planting and harvesting is something which is indelibly placed in my memory.

Today, one can enjoy the same thrill in the planting of the Alioto Piazza, as part of the Slow Food Garden project.

See Related: SAN FRANCISCO TURNS ALIOTO PIAZZA INTO VICTORY GARDEN – PRODUCE DONATED TO FOOD BANK TO FEED THE HUNGRY

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City Hall Historian
Ellen Schumer serves as San Francisco City Hall Historian and manager of the San Francisco City Hall Docent Tour Program. Ellen is a fourth generation San Franciscan with enormous energy. She also has an amazing working knowledge of San Francisco and it’s history. She remembers where shops and businesses were which have been gone for years. Ellen has an enormous background in design and retail, having owned her own garment design and interior design shops both in San Francisco. She dresses exquisitely and speaks on numerous subjects with great enthusiasm and knowledge. Email Ellen at Ellen.Schumer@sfgov.org.

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