In the early 20th century, through both World Wars, Americans were encouraged to plant Victory Gardens to both offset the food shortages brought about by wartime, as well as to boost morale.
Gardening as a patriotic duty, as well as defending and fortifying the homefront by growing fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs were common themes of the posters used to inspire families to start their own wartime Victory Gardens, or to lend a hand in helping with community gardens.
Nowadays, we are unfortunately so many generations removed from the family farm or garden being commonplace, many Americans don’t know the first thing about growing their own food, so many of our fellow citizens would certainly be in a vulnerable state in the case of some unforeseen national crisis.
While ‘preppers’ are often scoffed at by those reluctant to accept that there could ever be such a catastrophic event as to throw us into self-reliance, they’ll be the very individuals who will be prepared to rise to the challenge when “TSHTF.” (Just Google it if you don’t know what that means.) 😀
A beautiful thing is happening, however, in that Americans all across the socio-political spectrum are uniting in the cause of promoting a commonsense approach to independent and sustainable ways of living.
Those who area reading between the lines of the headlines, as well as those who just realize it’s plain good sense not to place one’s most basic needs for sustenance entirely in someone else’s hands, are all concluding that there’s no time like the present to start weaning themselves off of their dependency on corporate food production.
The website Victory Garden of Tomorrow has produced a new line of Victory Garden posters for the 21st century. They encourage organic gardening, composting, supporting local farmers, and urban gardening. Although they’re not geared specifically towards the seemingly endless wars we’re fighting abroad right now, they are still reminiscent of the Victory Garden posters from the World War I and World War II eras. The basic themes are still there.
The posters in the gallery below are from the Library of Congress website.