Victory Gardens

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During both World War I and World War II, many resources like food were scarce because America needed to focus on getting our soldiers the resources they needed to win the war. That meant our country's commercial food production was used for feeding our soldiers first. It also meant that commercial transportation, like trains and large trucks, was used to get supplies and resources to our soldiers first. During those times, people were encouraged to grow “Victory Gardens” to lessen the strain on the commercial food supply, ensure that everyone had access to nourishment, and provide a morale boost by allowing Americans on the home front to aid the war effort (and their loved ones who were soldiers fighting far from home). Victory Gardens allowed people to feel empowered by their contribution of labor and by growing their own food supply. They became a part of daily life on the home front.

Today, America is fighting a different type of enemy in a different type of war, but similarly, this war is disrupting our commercial food supply, and will continue to do so for an unknown amount of time. Availability and prices of necessary foods are uncertain. Like the past, something we can each do to fight back is to take responsibility for growing some or our own food.

Thanks to a donation from our local Pinnacle Bank, IKEducation was able to provide Victory Garden starter kits to hundreds of local students and families. Even if you are not local or missed that distribution, you can get your hands dirty and plant a Victory Garden! Below you will find the learning materials that are being provided to participants. We will add new lessons twice a week, so check back often. Don't forget to share photos as your garden grows to our social media accounts!  

K-12 Introductory Lesson

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K-12 History Repeats Itself

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If you missed our live Victory Garden program, "No Sacrifice is Too Small," you can view it on the Presidential Primary Sources Project's YouTube Channel:

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