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Winning the war
Gainesville woman recalls the necessity of a victory garden for both morale and survival
Dee Ridley, center, talks with Master Gardeners Toby Blackwell, left, and Martine Olson at the victory garden at the Northeast Georgia History Center. Ridley gave a lecture Tuesday on victory gardens and surviving the Depression. - photo by Tom Reed
At 96 years old, Dee Ridley knows a thing or two about surviving tough times. As a teenager during the Great Depression, she learned how to stretch the food from her family’s farm. “Growing up with not so much money, I would save a lot of stuff,” said Ridley, a Gainesville resident and avid gardener.