It’s Earth Day!
"City farmers" tend their gardens in the Fenway administered by the Fenway Civic Association. Four hundred twenty-five gardens are tilled on these five acres in metropolitan Boston, 04/1973.
This year’s Earth Day theme is “Green Cities” and the gardeners of Boston’s Fenway Victory Gardens have been at it since 1942! (We wonder if cityofbostonarchives has any other photos from these historic gardens…)
"Students at Mt. Holyoke College Learning Agricultural Duties, 08/20/1918"
“A garden for every child, every child in a garden.”
On May 5, 1917, Herbert Hoover was appointed by President Wilson to be the United States Food Administrator.
The U.S. had just entered World War I, and Hoover mobilized Americans to produce and conserve food supplies. Among the kitchen war efforts were Meatless Mondays and Wheatless Wednesdays.
Across the country, a movement to grow food in school gardens also took off. Children, women, and other civilians tended and harvested gardens to feed WWI troops.
What are you growing in your school garden?
Enter the “Potatriot” contest from usnatarchivesexhibits:
The National Archives Experience is sponsoring an activity from July 11th to July 31st in conjunction with our new exhibition “What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?”
Inspired by a World War I store window display of potatoes dressed as soldiers, we invite you to create your own “potatriot” dioramas! You can draw inspiration from any historical event of your choosing—feel free to be as creative as possible!
Send a photo of your potato diorama to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will post it in an album on our Facebook page. All submissions will be entered into a drawing. At the end of the month we will randomly select a winner who will receive a prize!