Bountiful Victory Gardens during WWII

Office of War Information poster, 1941. U.S. National Archives

Victory gardens were widely promoted during 1943 through 1945, during which time victory gardens gave rise to around 40% of all produce consumed nationwide. This large percentage of crops resulted from an estimated 20 million victory gardens cultivated across the American nation in 1944 –a staggering number when compared with the 5 million gardens cared for in 1918 during the First World War

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These photos from the Library of Congress depict variety of Victory Gardeners around the country, including Vice President, Henry A. Wallace in his Victory Garden!

Join the movement. Plant your own #BerksVictoryGarden and share your stories with other local gardeners the Berks Victory Gardeners facebook group. 

Part of the Berks History Center’s 2020 “Berks History for Victory Campaign.” Click here for more information. 

2 thoughts on “Bountiful Victory Gardens during WWII

  1. I had a city-sponsored garden on Hill Road at 35 by 40 feet (1300 sq.ft.) I worked the same garden for circa 25 years until the city removed and closed the project due to folks growing drugs or/and sleeping there overnight. Following that effort, I worked another garden for Luke Moyer in Temple, PA that began as 20 ft. by 20 ft and ended at 20 by 40 ft. in 2013 when we left Reading and moved to Seal Beach, CA. Here I manage a 288 sq. ft. garden for my daughter Carolyn and her family as well as a smaller garden in our senior living community of Leisure World that is 144 sq.ft. Because I can grow vegetables year around due to the wonderful Pacific Coast weather, we have filled our refrigerator and separate freezer with fresh produce. Last week we bought a second refrigerator to help store the many vegetables grown. These include several types of lettuce, Swiss chard, peas, radishes, turnips, red beets, carrots, pole and bush beans, cukes, and zucchinis. We also give much away to members of our family and to church members all in “house jail.” Gardening is exercise and that is encouraged. Stay safe everyone!

    • Thanks so much for sharing that Cedric! Do you have any photos?? I’d love to share you comment with our friends on social media.

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