Defense Victory Gardens, Ogden Nash, Liberty Gardens discussed on Gastropod
Have stayed home can fight this war. Many ways for us to give our time and energy and loyalty and devotion to the back of for freedom, but of them all. None is more appealing than this. And Year in year out, if need be with our own hands, we can grow the gardens of bickering. We're war one. The government didn't initially think oh I know gardening will win this war. That's why the Liberty Gardens effort was led by private individuals World War Two. There was enthusiasm for gardening. Right off the Bat so Pearl Harbor Launches United States into the war, December seventh, nineteen, forty one. Within two weeks of Pearl Harbor they have assembled a national task force comprising governor's private industry media, folks and federal bureaucrats to organize a national gardening program. This was a complete about face. This time they were determined to not let themselves fall behind private individuals and promoting what turned out to be the most successful homegrown food movement up the twentieth century part of the reason it was such a success is the. The government hired top public relations, firms and artists, and they created pro gardening propaganda, and so they're all sorts of newsreels, their advertisements there are promotional videos and pamphlets being handed out that are encouraging people to get out there and grow as much as you can as efficiently, and as well as you can lift them challenge to every loyal American citizen. What can we do to help? Win The war with food. The answer to that challenge come from Washington. From the Office of Civilian, Defense Victory Gardens that's the answer, Hacky Ah people were encouraged to grow food in their own backyards and bacon lots and everywhere else. Besides people grew food anywhere they could. People grew food. Yes, literally and window boxes and cities people. Greek food on rooftops in cities, people grew food on the Greens and lawns in front of city halls. There were people growing victory gardens, even at their workplaces corporate factory campuses where renting out plots to workers, there are fantastic pictures of people growing victory garden plots on railway easement where they're getting strewn by colds from the trains as they go by and. And people are growing victory gardens there there are few places that people did not grow food in World War Two. US Homefront, but even though everyone was responding to the call to grow food, there were some challenges. It's not like the government can say hey, everyone, grow some food and the food appears. Remember what Grandpa told me no work, no garden to take some know how to even know what to do. Says there was actually a fair bit of media panic about how Americans were so urbanized, they'd forgotten how to grow food. It was like wait. How do we do this again? People thought the Victory Gardens. Movement had the potential to be a gigantic fiasco. Oh my Gosh! I'm going to pull up a poem written by Ogden Nash. That is absolutely made me laugh out loud the. The first time I read it Ogden Nash was poet who is particularly famous for his rather silly versus today, my friends I. Beg your pardon, but I'd like to speak of my victory garden with the whole first sword and Citronella for armor I ventured forth to become a farmer. I toiled with the patience of job or Buddha, but nothing turned out the way that it Shoulda. Would you like a description of my parsley I can give it to in one word Carsley something Crawley has got into my chives. My lettuce has hookworm..