Sowing the Seeds of Victory

Sowing the Seeds of Victory

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a€œRose Hayden-Smith has done us a great service in researching a history that has been hidden in plain sight, right beneath our feet. This book is a great place to start for anyone interested in the U.S. gardening movement, not just for historical interest but because ita€™s a subject, as her treatment of gender shows, that couldna€™t be more relevant today.a€a€”Raj Patel, author a€œWith this landmark book, Rose Hayden-Smith has kept the American food movement from suffering a sort of amnesia that could cripple current and future initiatives if we persisted with our lack of familiarity with our precedents. Instead, this wonderfully written retrospective actually opens doors for gardeners, food activists and food security planners so that we might build upon the remarkable Victory Garden legacy she has so passionately described.a€a€”Gary Paulk Nabhan, author Sometimes, to move forward, we must look back. Gardening activity during American involvement in World War I (1917-1919) is vital to understanding current work in agriculture and food systems. The origins of the American Victory Gardens of World War II lie in the Liberty Garden program during World War I. This book examines the National War Garden Commission, the United States School Garden Army, and the Woman's Land Army (which some women used to press for suffrage). The urgency of wartime mobilization enabled proponents to promote food production as a vital national security issue. The connection between the nation's food readiness and national security resonated within the U.S., struggling to unite urban and rural interests, grappling with the challenges presented by millions of immigrants, and considering the country's global role. The same message--that food production is vital to national security--can resonate today. These World War I programs resulted in a national gardening ethos that transformed the American food system.Conclusion. 3. State Land Settlement Board, a€œIntroduction regarding progress under the. fornia Division, 1918a€“1920, a€ MA thesis, California State University, 1960; Weiss, Fruits ofVictory. 114. New York Times, February 13, 1918, 59. 115. Stevens, a€œCity Girl as Farm Worker, a€ New York Times. 116. Ibid. 117. Cornelia Throop Geer, a€œOut of the Kitchena€”Into the Fields, a€HouseBeautiful, XLIV ( September 1918): 84. 118. Richard Barry, a€œWar as a Tonic forJaded Feminine Nervesanbsp;...

Title:Sowing the Seeds of Victory
Author: Rose Hayden-Smith
Publisher:McFarland - 2014-04-24

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