A Victory Garden Grows in Brooklyn.


A Victory Garden Grows in Brooklyn.

I’m currently reading Eat the City, a book about the New Yorkers past and present who fish, forage, plant and brew. I love New York City history, and wanted to share a photo I found. This is Elka Israel, chairman of the West Flatbush C. V. O. Victory Garden Committee, and her husband, Abraham, working in a community vegetable garden in 1945. Part of me wishes that agriculture was still a large part of our urban metropolis, but another part of me is thankful we have things like air conditioning on underground subways (especially on a day like today, where the heat index is 105!).

Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Visual Heritage.


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