Victory Gardens . . . helped keep the
children interested and made them feel that they, too, were playing an
important part in aiding civilian defense
V. P. Scavarda,
Lansing police lieutenant, 1945
During World War II, many people grew some of their own food in home
Victory Gardens, so that farm-grown produce could supply the military rather than
civilians. Community groups created large communal garden plots.
volunteer Victory Garden Committee enrolled 7,200 local
school children in the "Junior Soldiers of the Soil," a national
organization. Responding to the slogan "Food Fights for
Freedom," Ingham County exceeded its quotas with more than 20,000
gardens in 1944. Throughout the state that year, Michiganians planted a
million gardens. This photograph from the exhibit shows students
participating in a Victory Garden program in their classroom.