Victory Gardens were vegetable, fruit and herb gardens planted at private residences, rooftops and public parks in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada during WWI & WWII to reduce the pressure on the public food supply brought on by the war effort.
In addition to indirectly aiding the war effort, these gardens were also considered a civil "Morale Booster" where gardeners could feel empowered by their contribution of labor and rewarded by the produce grown.
This made Victory Gardens become a part of daily life on the home front. Posters were created, printed and distributed to help promote the concept.
The result was astonishing...
In the United States, from 1940-1945 over 10 Million Victory Gardens were grown to collectively produce 40% of the U.S.A's domestic consumption of fruits and vegetables.
In Canada over 200,000 Victory Gardens were planted, each one producing over 500 lbs of fruits and vegetables each season.
This stands as a great achievement, as it proved that even inexperienced gardeners and farmers could grow food and help feed their families, friends and local communities throughout the year. Without the Millions of volunteer farmers, gardeners and harvesters that collectively produced the food needed to survive, the food shortages would have led to the starvation of Millions of women, children, elderly and disabled people.
They are the unsung hero's of wartime, they are the ones that held the fort at home and looked out for one another to overcome tough times.
This Top 10 List is a Tribute to these remarkable people.