Sowing the Seeds of Victory: American Gardening Programs of World War I
Rose Hayden-Smith (Author)
DescriptionSometimes, 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.
McFarland & Company
April 24, 2014
5.9 X 0.8 X 8.9 inches | 0.8 pounds
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About the Author
Rose Hayden-Smith is an academic with the University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources. A well-known gardening, food systems and sustainable agriculture advocate, she lives in Ventura, California.
"recommended"--Choice; "excellent book"--Chicago Botanic Garden; "Rose 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 it's a subject, as her treatment of gender shows, that couldn't be more relevant today."--Raj Patel, author; "With 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."--Gary Paulk Nabhan, author.