For the Victory Garden Fans and History Buffs

A vintage school garden poster


A few weeks back I had a guest post by Rose Hayden-Smith. Now there’s a new post up over at Seasonal Wisdom,  an interview with Rose.

Here’s a snippet:

SW: How did you learn about this army of student gardeners? Is it very well-known?

Rose: I learned about it by chance in an obscure reference in an article by O.L. Davis, probably in the fall of 2002. I was immediately hooked. Why had no one heard about this or written anything but a short article?

SW: What did you find the most fascinating about this national group of student gardeners?

Rose: Several things. The United States School Garden Army was likely the first federal curriculum from the nation’s Bureau of Education, and it elevated gardening and food production – and education about that – to an act of vital importance to national security, an act of civic virtue, of patriotism … all within the context of wartime.

Good stuff here for history buffs, gardeners and homeschoolers. Read more here.