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Man and woman till the soil

Gardeners in Arms: Community Gardens Bring History to Climate Action

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the community garden at Cleveland Park. It started as a Victory Garden in another time of unpredictable supply chains when lethal threats from America’s enemies prompted people to grow vegetables for self-sufficiency.

Commonplace to Critical: Cork and Soy – podcast

At the Virginia Festival of the Book’s panel “Commonplace to Critical” Matthew Roth and I spoke with moderator Nina Earnest about everyday items that became sensations. They either went big overnight in wartime, or over the course of a century. Who gets caught in the middle?