Victory Gardens Feed the Hungry, 1919
Victory Gardens first appeared during World War I. As the war turned farm fields into battlefields in Europe, a food shortage ensued. The Allies turned to the United States and Canada for food. Wheat, meat, and sugar were among the foods rationed by Americans to feed the troops.
The U.S. government, concerned with how the food shortages might affect the home front, began a campaign to encourage citizens to grow their own food. These gardens struck a patriotic chord with Americans who continued to garden after the war when food was needed to help Europe rebuild. Charles Lathrop Pack, President of the National War Garden Commission, produced this booklet to urge Americans to keep gardening as a way to support the peace process.
via: Turning Points in Wisconsin History, Wisconsin Historical Society
This week, guest curator Erika Janik considers the significance of food during wartime, including government-sponsored rationing and conservation programs.