The Victory Gardens for Peace Initiative

Mission: Cultivating peace and resilience through growing healthy soil, food, seed and community through sustainable gardening.

We are faced with a perfect storm of challenges- climate change, ecological collapse, pollution, energy, health, overpopulation, and access to food, soil and water. Our challenges are complex, but the solution is simple- GROW A GARDEN! We can show you how there is no challenge we face that can’t be positively addressed through sustainable home and community gardening.

The Victory Gardens for Peace Initiative (VGFPI) was founded by Matt Drewno and Rachel Laase in 2016. We are working actively to create patterns for local, sustainable food production which can apply to communities around the world to help increase access to healthy food and promote a culture of gardening for peace to help alleviate the challenges the world is facing now and into the future. We are based in the town of Mendocino, California where we run our VGFP research, education and demonstration site in partnership with the Stanford Inn Eco-Resort and as a project of 501(c)3 Ecology Action.

We host tours, workshops, internships, apprenticeships and train community leaders in Biointensive Agriculture– a simple, accessible and appropriate form of organic agriculture which uses no machinery and microscales the human footprint of agriculture using less resources while also increasing the health and productivity of our soils. We serve our community as a sustainability hub through our demonstration site, educational programs, published research, free community seed bank, GardenCorps training programs, teacher certification and engage in policy through our Garden Friendly Communities Resolution.

Please browse our site for more information and feel free to contact us if you have any questions, would like more information or would like to see how you can get involved in creating a peaceful, sustainable and abundant future!