WORLD WAR 2: THE HOMEFRONT E-LESSON #5B
MAKING DUE WITH LITTLE part 2:
HOW DO YOU GROW A “VICTORY GARDEN?”
WHY WERE AMERICANS CALLED TO GROW VICTORY GARDENS DURING WORLD WAR 2?
WATCH THIS INTRO FIRST! (Edpuzzle)
II. PRIMARY SOURCE: (Edpuzzle Video)
“Gardens of Victory”
from Better Homes and Gardens, approved by the U.S. Office of Civil Defense
III. PRIMARY SOURCE
“Victory Garden Leader’s Handbook”
from The U.S. Department of Agriculture (1943)
Download the attached PDF of the Victory Garden leader’s handbook (click here to download) and answer the following questions....
Read the This is War section on page 1
1. discuss: how is American's relationship with food and food production changing in regards to...
· labor and machinery?
2. The essay lists two reasons why it is more important than ever for Americans to grow their own food. What are they?
3. How many Americans are going to plant Victory Gardens, according to the reading?
Read Here are the opportunities and Victory Garden Committees Will Help on pages 2-3
4. Where can people grow Victory Gardens?
5. What is the importance of cooperation in growing Victory Gardens?
Read the Points for Leaders to Watch on pages 4-8
6. What makes a good garden?
7. What are some of the mistakes that new or inexperienced gardeners make?
8. discuss: What are the most important tips for a successful garden according to pages 6-8?
Read Information: the Key to the Campaign & Publicity Pays in Produce and Patriotism on pages 10-11
9. What are the three main jobs of the Victory Garden leader?
10. Why is information so important? How can community leader build interest in Victory Gardens?
Read the sample call-to-meeting letter on page 13
11. How does the sample letter convince people they should have a garden/ attend the meeting?
Read A Dozen Don'ts for Gardeners on pages 14-15
12. What are the top 3 or 4 mistakes you might have made if you hadn't been informed of that gardening mistakes to avoid?
Read A Small Garden on page 16
13. What should you plant? What will you need to get that crop started?
14. Of all the foods listed here, what are your favorite to eat? Least favorite?
Study the chart on page 17
15. If we were planting a garden now, what crops should we plant? When would these plants be ready to harvest?
Study the Suggested Planting of Home Garden To Supply Vegetable Food Requirements on page 18
16. Discuss: How much of each crop does it suggest growing to sustain a family?
17. What are other suggestions the chart makes?
IV. SUMMARIZE/REFELECT ON THE AIM
Today we’ll do this part a little differently. Let’s see you try to apply what you learned to a real-life situation where you actually try to grow a Victory Garden.
18. Write a well-developed paragraph answering the question-- If you were going to plan a Victory Garden, how would do it? As part of your answer you should address- Where would you put it? What would you grow? What materials or tools (pots, soils, seeds, shovels, etc) do you have on hand that you could use, and what would you need to get? Who would help you with it?