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The War Garden Victorious - Appendix 1I
Victory Edition 1919 HOME CANNING & DRYING of Vegetables & Fruits





How the National War Garden Commission Came into Being


The Story of the War Garden


How War Gardens Helped


Types of War Gardens


Uncle Sam's First War Garden


How Big Business Helped


How the Railroads Helped


The Army of School Gardeners


Community Gardening


Cooperation in Gardening


War Gardens as City Assets


The Part Played by Daylight Saving


The Future of War Gardening


Conserving the Garden Surplus


Community Conservation


Conservation by Drying


Why We Should Use Dried Foods


The Future of Dehydration


Cooperation of the Press
  Chapter 19 - Cartoon Illustrations


  "War Gardening,"
Victory Edition, 1919
Cover / Letters / 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 15 / 16 / 17 / 18 / 19 / 20 / 21 / 22 / 23 / 24 / 25 / 26 / 27 / 28 / 29 / 30 / 31 / 32
More Letters / Back

  "Home Canning and Drying," Victory Edition, 1919
Cover / Letters / 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 15 / 16 / 17 / 18 / 19 / 20 / 21 / 22 / 23 / 24 / 25 / 26 / 27 / 28 / 29 / 30 / 31 / 32
More Letters / Back

Color Plates

  Sow the Seeds of Victory - Every Garden a Munition PlantWILL YOU HAVE A PART IN VICTORY?

"Every Garden a Munition Plant"

James Montgomery Flagg

  War Garden Victorious Poster - War Gardens Over The TopA Poster Spreading the Idea of Militant War Gardens

Maginel Wright Enright

  War Garden Victorious Poster - Every Garden a Peace PlantA Poster for 1919, Symbolic of Victory

Maginel Wright Enright

  War Garden Victorious Poster - Can Vegetables, Fruits and the Kaiser tooCAN VEGETABLES, FRUIT AND THE KAISER TOO

J. Paul Verrees

A Poster Which Was Used in 1918, and Which, Amended–Following Germany's Defeat–Was Also Forceful in 1919



  We can can vegetables, fruti and the Kaiser too We can can Vegetables Fruit and the Kaiser too



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National War Garden Commission
"WE stand with our backs to the wall."  That call to the civilized world, made by General Haig in the spring of 1918, has brought and still must bring answer from the women. Only by their cooperation has it been possible for that call to be answered, for no nation can do a great work unless the women of that nation put their influence into the job.
   We were forced into a war which was something more than a war to decide policies or mark boundaries––a war involving the most sacred questions with thick men and women have to deal––the sanctity of womanhood, the sacredness of childhood and the right to live in freedom. We could not yield these rights while we had the strength to defend them.
   In the emergency created by this war the question of food goes hand in hand with thrift. Our position has been no less closely involved in the conflict than that of Europe. In proof of this let me call attention to the plan the enemy had for us. I quote from a book called "War," by Klaus Wagner, published in 1916 in Berlin. On page 165 the author says:
  "Not only North America, but the whole of America must become a bulwark of German Kultur, perhaps the strongest fortress of the Germanic races. That is every one's hope who frees himself from his own local European pride and who places race feeling above his love for home."
   Mark that well––his race feeling above his love for home; and then let me quote one of the thousands of letters received by the National War Garden Commission.
     Here it is, from a  boy:
   "I have decided to help win the war by having a war garden, and I have just read your notice than any one can have a free garden book. Please send it to me. My father joined the army in 1915 and was killed in 1916.––Harvey Cameron, New Glasgow, Nova Scotia."
   That boy is typical of the boys and men of many nations who have been fighting against the common enemy. If they could look the job in the face that way, what can we do? Our boys have been giving their lives toward the achievement of victory. Every mile of reclaimed territory in devastated France and Belgium adds hundreds of hungry mouths to be fed. With France and Belgium liberated many more people have become dependent on this country's food supply. In victory we must feed not only more millions abroad but also care for our own people at home and our soldiers until they return. Peace cannot mean an increase of the world's grain supply for another year at least, and it will take several years of bountiful crops to refill the empty bins and granaries of the world.
   Victory, therefore, must necessarily bring a large increase in our obligation. We must not only produce food as close to the kitchen door as possible, but we must save a vast volume of this food for winter use. To save it we must can it, dry it, or otherwise prepare to have it in readiness for the months of non-production. Canning and drying, therefore, are as imperative to-day as if the war were just beginning.

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