"No wonder she smiles"
Charles Lathrop Pack (1857-1937)
The War Garden Victorious (Philadelphia, J.P. Lippincott Company )
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Food conservation during World War I and II was critical to victory. Women were encouraged to plant "Victory Gardens" in their own yards and in community plots of land. Victory Gardens consisted of fruits, vegetables, and herbs to supplement food purchased in local stores. War gardening also offered an opportunity to offset the drain on commercial supplies and enabled more food to be sent abroad. During World War II, it is estimated by the U.S.D.A. that over 20 million gardens were planted and over 9 million tons of extra food were produced.