Meet Gordon Clark and Montgomery Victory Gardens


T-giving-salad.5Here's a brief introduction to today's guest ranter Gordon Clark (from the Advisory Board info on the Montgomery Victory Gardens website). 

Gordon Clark is the founder and Project Director of Montgomery Victory Gardens. A lifelong activist and organizer, Gordon served as the national Executive Director of Peace Action, the nation's largest grassroots peace and disarmament organization, from 1996 to 2001, followed by three years as the national Field Director for the Congress Watch division of Public Citizen, and then Project Coordinator for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network in 2007. He ran for Congress in 2008 to help bring attention to the issue of global warming. Gordon is a frequent public speaker and writer, including a regular column for Montgomery County's Voice newspaper. He grows vegetables feverishly in two community gardens.

Now does that look like the resume of a gardening activist?  That was my first reaction when he contacted me in '09 to help with his new mission – promoting the growing of food in our county.  Peace activist/candidate for U.S.Congress/gardening advocate – what does that tell us about the growing attention to the need to improve our food?  

Anyway, he's doing a bang-up job, promoting not just school gardens but gardens wherever there's available land.  (My favorite example is the network of congregational gardens he's created – think of those big church lawns just waiting to be made productive!) And as he draws me into his band of rabble-rowsing compatriots, my world becomes more interesting and decidedly more fun.  In this photo taken at Thanksgiving dinner this year (which I was happy to be a part of), Gordon is showing off the salad he made and grew himself, every delicious leaf of it!

Okay, here's Gordon's rant. (Or just scroll down to see it.)


  1. Our church has turned a section of lawn into a squash patch. The first year it was cold and wet – not good for winter squash. This past year it was dry dry dry and it took us a while to get the watering situation under control. Still our soil gets better and we are undaunted. Next year we’ll have a much bigger crop. God willing.

  2. Our church in Montgomery County began a half acre farmlet two years ago and over the past two growing seasons we have grown almost 4,000 pounds of produce and donated it to local shelters and families in need. I looked for a link to the congregation garden network and couldn’t find it. If anyone can provide a link I’d love to see if our congregation should be a part.

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