UNION — On Saturday, Sept. 16, Union natives and garden enthusiasts, Tommy Sinclair and Buddy Blackmon will return to the Piedmont Physic Garden to lead a workshop with a focus on planting and maintaining a winter vegetable garden.
This Survival Garden Workshop will be the third part of a three-part series based on the modern era Victory Garden where people learn how to successfully grow their own food in their own backyard.
According to Laura Lawson of the The City Bountiful: A Century of Community Gardening, ” the history behind the Victory Garden goes back to the World War II era where families were encouraged to grow their own food to ease the burden of the public food supply brought on by war efforts. Back then, these gardens produced up to 41 percent of the vegetables consumed in the United States.
“As a botanical garden, our goal is to reconnect people with the world of plants as well as show them models for sustainable living,” says PPG board member, Coie Switzer. “And today, a Survival Garden is more important than ever because of the proven health benefits of a plant-based diet.”
Harvard Medical School reports of increasing scientific research establishing that a plant-based diet rich in vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats and healthy proteins lowers the risk of weight gain and chronic disease. And there is even more evidence that suggests that plant-based diets can reverse certain diseases such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
The workshop will run from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 16. The cost is $20 for non-members and will be held at PPG at 301 E. South Street in Union, SC. Space is limited. To secure your spot, please send your check made out to the Piedmont Physic Garden to PO Box 603 Union, SC 29379 or register online at www.piedmont physic garden.org. Please call 864-427-2556 with questions.