The Victory Garden movement is on the rise again since World Wars I and II when people across the country started planting gardens to harvest their own fruits and vegetables to support the war. At that time, in 1943, because of the request from the U.S. government, almost a third of all fruits and vegetables consumed by Americans were home grown.

The city of Raleigh, North Carolina has planted their own Victory Garden in the city, but not to put fruits and vegetables on the table, it is to produce biodiesel that will power the city’s vehicle fleet. Sunflowers will be grown to produce biofuel that can potentially reduce the city of Raleigh’s dependence on fossil fuels. The sunflowers were planted on a 50-acre section of land in close proximity to the city’s wastewater treatment plant.


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The sunflower patch is projected to produce up to 5,000 gallons of biodiesel fuel that will be utilized within the city fleet. The $12,000 investment could prove to be very resourceful and inventive, inspiring other communities to follow in their path toward a more self-reliant existence.

This biofuel garden is part of the current Victory Garden movement championed by author Michael Pollan. Recently, First-Lady Michelle Obama made headlines by supporting the movement through planting her own Victory Garden on the South lawn of the White House. Additional information on the White House Victory Garden can be found at Also, find out how you can get involved by visiting!

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