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Since January 2016, KMUW's Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap has convened free community conversations on topics that touch our daily lives. Democracy on Tap went digital in April 2020. Viewers can stream the live conversations here at EngageICT.org or KMUW's Facebook page.

Digital Democracy On Tap: Victory Gardens During COVID-19


KMUW's Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap is convening digitally on Tuesday, April 28, for a conversation about victory gardens. Our three panelists are answering questions about home gardening, to give you peace of mind—and food—during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our expert panelists:

Here's the conversation:

The Wichita Public Library has provided this list of further reading and resources on victory gardens. If you'd like to receive a Wichita Public Library card while the Library is closed to the public, call (316) 261- 8500 between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and a staff member will issue your card over the phone. You'll be able to access e-books, e-audiobooks and databases on our Virtual Branch at wichitalibrary.org.

E-Books: These items are freely available through our Libby for Overdrive e-reader application with a Wichita Public Library Card via wichitaereads.com.

Articles: These Wichita Eagle articles are freely available with a Wichita Public Library card via the Ebscohost database or online.

  • Andreatta, S. L. (2015). Through the Generations: Victory Gardens for Tomorrow’s Tables. Culture, Agriculture, Food & Environment, 37(1), 38–46. doi.org/10.1111/cuag.12046
  • Gowdy-Wygant, C. (2013). Cultivating Victory : The Women’s Land Army and the Victory Garden Movement. University of Pittsburgh Press.
  • Hall, K. M. (n.d.). A century later, victory gardens connect Americans again. Canadian Press, The. 
  • Onion, R. (2020, April 11). “Gardening is a really concrete way that people can feel empowered”: A historian explains how the “victory gardens” of our moment compare with those grown during World War I. Slate. slate.com/human-interest/2020/04/victory-garden-coronavirus-wwii- history.html
  • Pauley, J. & Smith, T. (n.d.). Tracy Smith looks at the return of the Victory Garden. CBS News Sunday Morning.
  • Rao, T. (2020, March 25). Food Supply Anxiety Brings Back Victory Gardens. New York Times. nytimes.com/2020/03/25/dining/victory-gardens-coronavirus.html
  • Rowe, M. (2020, March 27). “Stay home and garden”: Coronavirus inspires spike in home gardening. Spokesman-Review, The (Spokane, WA).