During World War I (WWI), Liberty Gardens weren’t just grown and supported by civilians and communities in the United States. The military did their part too.

As I explain in this UC Food Observer article:
“…gardens were sometimes a feature of military bases (for example, American recruits cultivated potatoes at the sprawling Camp Dix, in New Jersey). Even the rear trenches in some places sported food-producing gardens. Gardens were also used at military hospitals, not only for food, but to provide therapy for wounded soldiers.”
Even the Stars and Stripes – the United States’ storied military newspaper – reported on these WWI gardens.

You can see the actual newspaper piece, which reported there were 5,285,000 war gardens with crops worth over a half billion dollars. By keeping the soldiers aware of news like this from home, the newspaper helped support a common purpose and national unity among our military.

Read the article.