During World War II, as part of the war effort, the government rationed foods like sugar, butter, milk, cheese, eggs, coffee, meat, and canned goods. Labor and transportation shortages made it hard to harvest and move fruits and vegetables to market. So, the government turned to its citizens and encouraged them to plant "Victory Gardens." They wanted individuals to provide their own fruits and vegetables.
Americans answered the call. They planted gardens in backyards, empty lots, and even city rooftops. Neighbors pooled their resources, planted different kinds of foods and formed cooperatives, all in the name of patriotism. At its peak, in 1943, over two-thirds (2/3) of U.S. households plated fruit and vegetable gardens, producing over 80 billion pounds of food, or 40% of the fresh produce eaten by U.S. residents that year.
Calling all home gardeners and pea-patchers! In the coming months many of our neighbors will be affected financially, impacting their ability to feed their families. The good news is that together we can take action now to help.
Plant a Lot You can plant a Victory Garden this spring! The Garfield County Master Gardeners are hard at work at our own Faith Farm, but we know that we will need help from our community to provide enough fresh produce for our neighbors in need this year! You don't have to be a Master Gardener to help! Just plant what you can!
Plant a Little Are you putting in a garden this spring? Plant a little extra and donate it to Loaves & Fishes.
No Garden? No Problem! Here’s how you can bring home a Victory for our community: