Thursday, May 21, 2009

Victory Gardens

Victory Garden Posters was part of the publicity for a brilliantly mounted campaign to encourage the use of homegrown foods during the World War II. Because commercially canned goods were rationed, the Victory Garden became an indispensable source of food for the home front. The Victory Garden was a household activity during the war and one of the most well received of all home front chores. At its peak, it is estimated that nearly 20,000,000 gardens were grown and about 40 percent of all vegetables produced in the U.S. came from Victory Gardens. By the end of the war the Department of Agriculture estimated total home front production of over one million tons of vegetables valued at 85 million dollars.
With these hard economic times, I wonder how many "Victory Gardens"
will be planted this year in the United States?


Little Ant said...

I love those posters! I don't know the numbers but I do know that I've never seen so many people in my area gardening as I do now and few of them are motivated due to boredom. Its all about surviving.

Rue said...

Good morning Carolyn :)

I actually had every intention of starting one this year, but was sidetracked by house projects. Next year it will happen for sure though :)


ThrtnWmsFam said...

I started a blog called Backyard Grocery Gardens because "Victory Garden" just didn't seem appropriate any more! We did well in our garden last year - still have one pumpkin left in the basement, and some zucchini in the freezer (which is almost gone).

Vikki from and