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From: State Defense Council, Subject files, 1940-1946, Series 419
In order to make up for the deficit on the homefront, the War Food Administration encouraged citizens to plant “Victory Gardens.”
Bigger Needs in 1944
Great as the results were in 1943, our food requirements in 1944 will be greater, to meet the needs of the 11 million men we shall have in our armed forces, of our allies, and of people as they are freed from the Axis yoke. In his memorable address to the Congress, the President pointed out:
“As our Army grows, as more men are sent over seas, larger food reserves will have to be accumulated and civilian belts will have to be tightened. Furthermore, our armed forces require more of the so-called ‘protective foods’ such as meats, fats and oils, milk and canned foods which are, therefore, bound to run short for the increased civilian demands.”
Keep Them Growing
Though our total food production in 1943 was greater than the record-breaking yield of 1942, and though our farmers and commercial vegetable and fruit producers will do their utmost to produce still more in 1944, we cannot count on good growing weather everywhere, as some gardeners found last year. So those who have garden space cannot take a change. For prudence and safety’s sake in helping to build up store of food, our people will need to have even more, and, in many instances even larger, gardens, and to make every Victory Garden produce more than in 1943 whenever possible. Accordingly, our committee, and the War Food Administration and the Department of Agriculture, recommend to the people of the county the following Victory Garden Program for 1944:
I. 22,000,000 Gardens the Goal
Twenty-two million Victory Gardens is the minimum goal set for 1944. About 15 million city, town, and suburban gardens would be involved. This means that every Victory gardener, whether in town or country, will want to reenlist in our garden army and that 2-million more Victory gardeners must enroll this year.
II. More Community Gardens
To make sure that the goal of 15-million city, town, and suburban gardens will be reached, many more vacant-lot, community, and industrial-employee gardens need to be developed. Though convenience to home is most desirable, even that may need to be sacrificed. The gasoline shortage may require many to use buses, streetcars, or even bicycles to get to their gardens and grow some of the vegetables they must have.
III. Every Garden Should Produce to the Utmost
The production of individual gardens should be greatly increased over last year. Much more can be produced if Victory gardeners will plan, plant, and take care of their gardens so that these produce all summer and late