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Farms of America in color 1939-1943

By: Lea Holland on Jan. 13, 2011, 5:10 a.m.
The garden

Photo: Russell Lee. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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The garden

Garden adjacent to the dugout home of Jack Whinery, a homesteader in Pie Town, N.M., in September 1940. Because of the time period, the Whinery garden may be considered a victory garden, a plot of land devoted to feeding the family at home so commercial growers and processors' efforts could be redirected to the war effort. Victory gardens contained a range of foods, including a balance of leafy, root and fruiting veggies. Many of these foods could be served raw, simply cooked or canned for future use.

Reproduction from color slide.