Victory Gardens

Because of the rubber and gasoline rationing, transportation costs made it hard to harvest and transport fruits and vegetables to market. The government encouraged people to plant “Victory Gardens.” An estimated 20 million Americans planted gardens in their backyards and empty lots. Neighbors even worked together to grow different kinds of foods. Many magazines printed stories about how to grow victory gardens.
These “victory gardens” helped to ease food shortages. The government encouraged families to be patriotic and can their own fruits and vegetables too. This saved the commercial canned goods for the troops.

This site was developed by Carole Parsons, a 5th grade teacher at Millbrook Elementary School. This lesson is part of a unit on WW II for the 5th grade Social Studies classes. Students are also working on performing a play based on the attack on Pearl Harbor, reading a WWII novel, and using extensive PowerPoint presentations to provide additional information to enhance the text.

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http://rpsec.usca.edu/Classwork731sp2006/lesson/parsons/victorygarden.html (February 2006)

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