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.