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Victory Garden V


21st Century Story by Tania Moffat, photos by Veronica Sliva.


ictory gardens were heavily promoted during wartime throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and elsewhere. Posters and propaganda were everywhere.


“Plant what you can and can the rest” was a common slogan. People rose to the challenge by the millions, and why not?


There were many benefits. Victory gardens were a way in which the average person could become involved in the war effort. In a time where people felt helpless, gardening for the greater good made them feel empowered and it gave them hope. And, of course, victory gardens were of great benefit to home owners as well as the country. The produce helped support their own families and neighbours. It also allowed farmers to focus their food production on supporting overseas troops.


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Dig for victory, grow your own vegetables war poster. War poster courtesy of the Imperial War Museum.


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