Three Cheers for Victory Gardens

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Long before foodies were one upping one another with their heirloom plant collections, the home garden was a symbol of patriotism. This great article in Modern Farmer delves into the history of the Victory Garden and features some of the super rad posters of the time.

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During World War I, local food was ‘in.’ Since much of the food grown was sent overseas to feed soldiers and the Allies, the government put in place a food conservation program to ration food back home. The marketing plan was simple, well-illustrated and framed food conservation and eating local as one’s patriotic duty. Although this would be painted as some lefty/commie/socialist/anti-American program if it were proposed today, in its time it made a huge impact on food exports and kept our soldiers and Allies from starving.

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