With the expanding food needs of the US military and a hungry population back home, the concept of “home gardens” was resurrected from WWI and rebranded as Victory Gardens for WWII. Everyone from farmers to everyday citizens planted gardens in everything from fields to window boxes. Many of the resources, supplies, and packaging that would be needed to supply Americans with food were suddenly freed up to help support the war effort. At the height of the war in 1944, over 18 million gardeners supplied 40% of the nations fresh veggies. Famous Victory Gardeners included Micky Mouse, Superman, Batman, and Eleanor Roosevelt. By the end of the war in 1945, between 8 to 10 million tons of food had been produced by Victory Gardens.
“A Resident of Southwest Washington, DC and her Victory Garden.” Note the service flag in her window. Two stars means two family members serving in the war. Photo by Joseph A. Horne, Office of War Information, June 1943. Collection of the Library of Congress