During World War I and World War II, the government called upon its citizens to raise vegetables, fruits and herbs in their yards to help reduce the pressure on public food supply brought about by shortages caused by the war. These gardens were called “Victory Gardens” because of their link to the war effort. At that time it was estimated that one third of the vegetables produced in the United States came from Victory Gardens. In addition to indirectly aiding the war effort, these gardens served to boost morale and help people feel empowered by contributing to the national good and rewarding them by the direct fruits of their own labor. The US War Dept. made the connection that by lowering demand for fruits and vegetables it would lower the price and better enable the government to feed the troups, freeing up funds for military equipment.
And during WWII, the MacNish family rose to their patriotic duty and planted a victory garden. They raised many varieties of fruits and vegetables and canned them for the winter or stored them in the root cellar (an unheated subterranean basement, with no living space over it, specifically designed to store root vegetables.) And the MacNishes never stopped. They continued to turn the soil and produce a crop year after year. There is a shoe box in the attic filled with indian arrow heads and tomahawk heads that were found in the ground when the soil was turned for the garden.
Over the years the garden has expanded and contracted in size, but it never went away, making it one of the few Victory Gardens that remains in continuous cultivation in the United States. At Andrew’s Legacy, we are proud of this fact and we always refer to it as “our Victory Garden.”
A poster promoting Victory gardens and giving information on how people can get free books from the government on how to plant, dry and can.
Andrew’s Legacy’s Victory Garden, shown with tomatoes, eggplant, squash, basil, cutting flowers and ornamental plants.