World War II Victory Gardens: 1940-1945

Victory Gardens during WWII.

Sprouts in the Sidewalk

Gardeners fend off starvation in Berlin, 1946.

At the beginning of World War II, victory gardens began to emerge again. Some of these gardens had started as depression relief gardens, others were gardens from the first world war. There were also many were new gardens, carved out of vacant lots, back yards, and city parks. The War Food Administration created a National Victory Garden Program, which set five maine goals.

1.lessen demand on commercial vegetable supplies and thus make more available to the Armed Forces and lend-lease programs.

2.reduce demand on strategic materials used in food processing and canning

3.ease the burden on railroads transporting war munitions by releasing produce carriers

4.maintain the vitality and morale of Americans on the home front through the production of nutritious vegetables outdoors

5.preserve fruit and vegetables for future use when shortages might become worse (Bassett 1981)

Some victory…

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I am a wife who is adored by my Sweet Perry. Together we are parents to five boys and grandparents to seven unique grands. Pa Perry and Oma Sue love instilling the love of learning in the hearts of Johannah, Joshua & Jaxon; Henry & Charlotte and Lily & Lane. I am a reader. I am an aspiring children's picture book writer. I am a creator who sews and paints with acrylics and watercolors and sketches with colored pencil. I am an educator to hundreds of students, throughout the years. I am a cyclist on a pink Marin Portofina, and a 5K jogger. Perry and I are organic gardeners and enjoy homesteading on the Illinois prairie. Life is a beautiful ride with my Sweet P. Together, Perry and I feel life is a journey filled with joy. We want to live our lives by leaving the world a better place.
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