Victory Gardens were a US government response to food shortages during both world wars. Europe's agricultural workers became soldiers and farmlands became battlefields. American's were encouraged to contribute to the war effort by growing their own fruits and vegetables, thereby allowing commercially produced food to be exported to our European Allies and eventually to our own troops.

"Sow The Seeds of Victory" blasted the campaign posters, encouraging Americans to convert every possible piece of land, including parks and school playgrounds to a garden. "Children of the Soil" were recruited to help with garden cultivation. Five million new gardens were planned by 1918 generating 1.5 million quarters of canned fruits and vegetables. The program was repeated during the second world war.

Victory Gardens dwindled away as the war and food rationing ended. Americans went back to the corner grocery story and brought the grass and flowers back to their yards and planter boxes. But there is an awakening of the urban garden movement under the umbrella of sustainability and the environment.

Today's guest has a burning passion to bring back urban gardens and he's starting in Palm Beach County. His goal is to establish a new nonprofit organization that will teach South Floridians how to garden. SCORE mentor Lee Newman is also on hand to help mentor Mike Kane pursue his quest.


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G. Michael Kane

Mike Kane has already had a varied career, especially considering he is at the leading edge of the Millennial Generation. After college, he tried office work but found it too restrictive, then went on to construction, and then in an early mid-life crises decided he wanted to work in the soil and help others understand the value of growing their own fruits and vegetables. Palm Beach SCORE - CONTACT BUSINESS LOGO + LINK - SYB-76 with Host Penny Pompei

Lee Newman

Lee Newman is a serial entrepreneur who has focused on the construction and real estate industries. His businesses ranged from real estate investments to a construction company and to a retail floor covering store with 3 locations. He is a graduate of University of Miami with a degree in Business Administration. Palm Beach SCORE - CONTACT BUSINESS LOGO + LINK - SYB-76 with Host Penny Pompei

Palm Beach SCORE

Palm Beach SCORE is a non-profit who's mission is helping local small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs grow and thrive by offering mentoring, workshops, business consulting and counseling services, networking opportunities, events and partnerships within the Palm Beach / South Florida business corridor.

SCORE-ing Your Business' host Penny Pompei serves as Chapter Chair for our local Palm Beach SCORE Chapter #224, located in beautiful downtown West Palm Beach. Palm Beach SCORE - CONTACT BUSINESS LOGO + LINK - SYB-76 with Host Penny Pompei


About the Author(s)

 Penny  Pompei

Penny Pompei is a serial entrepreneur having launched three of her own businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area and several others in partnership with others throughout the country.  She has relocated to South Florida and is now a volunteer subject matter expert with SCORE Palm Beach.

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Key Topics

SYB 76 | Bringing Back Victory Gardens • Mike Kane & Lee Newman