Victory Gardens – A Blast From the Past That's Blooming Today!

During World War II, many people had victory gardens. These were gardens that people planted in order to ease food supply shortages that occurred during the war. A victory garden was regarded as a patriotic way to help the war effort.

Today, victory gardens have had a resurgence. With the recent downturn in the economy, many people have turned to growing their own food in order to save money. Today’s victory gardens allow people to manage their food budgets more carefully. In addition, the victory gardens of today let kids take part in producing food to feed themselves and their families, and they also serve as a wonderful way to help the environment!

This video shows how victory gardens have made a comeback in today’s world.

Additional Resources:

  • Here is an article that tells about the modern victory gardens of today.
  • Here is a video of a 1942 victory garden cartoon!

Topics for Discussion:

  • Why did people plant victory gardens during World War II?
  • What are some benefits of having a victory garden today?

Take Action:

  • Visit the Heirloom Seeds website to order a package that will allow you to plant your own victory garden!
  • Visit the My First Garden website to learn how kids can plant their own victory gardens!

Teacher Features:

  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.


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