On the homefront during World War II, Americans contributed in many ways as a symbol of national unity in the civilian war effort. It would take everyone to win the war. Life during the war meant daily sacrifice, but few complained because they knew it was their sons, daughters, friends, and neighbors in uniform who were making the greater sacrifice.
To help offset the difficulties brought on by rationing, Americans embraced a campaign for Victory Gardens, which became an important part of a family’s effort to contribute to the war effort.
You can’t just sprinkle some seed on the ground and a garden appears, this was backbreaking labor! Our sense of duty would not allow us to become tired.
Rural and urban families used whatever open land, backyard, roof, or window box they could find to grow their own produce. Neighbors pooled their resources, planted different kinds of foods and formed cooperatives, all in the name of patriotism. By 1945, an estimated 20 million Victory Gardens produced approximately 40 percent of America’s vegetables.
One of the many ways our Greatest Generation earned their title, while making it look effortless.
Learn more about Victory Gardens (with photos and video) HERE.