Springin’ Forward

Have you caught up on your sleep yet?

Most people are aware that the practice of Daylight Savings Time has its roots in agriculture, but few know the reason it was put into place. Since Ben Franklin first proposed it in 1784, the practice has had stops and starts – mostly leaving everybody confused about what time it actually was.
President Roosevelt signed DST into law for the duration of World War II, due to the tremendous government push for wartime Victory Gardens. The argument was that in order for every American to do their part and produce food on the home front, they would need extra daylight to come home from their day jobs and cultivate backyard gardens. Just about 20 million Americans got involved with the effort, and ended up producing the same amount of food during those years as the industrial farming systems of the time.
The practice of DST has stuck around, but the battle cry for victory gardens hasn’t remained as urgent since World War II ended. However, growing food at home – whether it be sprouting grains in a jar, keeping laying hens in the backyard, or planting fruit trees – makes a big difference. Fresh air, physical movement, and good food give a gratifying sense of accomplishment at the end of each day.
How are you going to use your extra hour of sunlight each day in the coming weeks?
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About Brie Aronson

Brie Aronson came to Polyface from southern California. During college, she was diagnosed with food allergies and had to begin asking about the source of every single thing she put in her mouth. This led to an interest in all things food and she sought out a way to learn how it can be produced ethically and sustainably. Her desire is to help people shift their focus from counting calories, being intimidated by their kitchens, and being disconnected from the land to one that experiences the life-giving enjoyment of food. Having completed the internship in summer 2010, she now assists with the buying clubs and sales building, leads school tours of the farm, and will be the summer 2012 farm cook.

2 Responses to Springin’ Forward

  1. Roger says:

    I work second shift (3-11pm). I use the extra hour of dark in the morning to catch up on my sleep before heading out to chores.

  2. Lorie says:

    I always use the extra daylight to hang out with the animals after a long day in the office. DST is my favorite time of year!!