following words are the memories of people who lived through the tough
times chronicled at this site.
"In 1942, I was
twelve years old. My parents moved to a different home in Kearny,
New Jersey where there was a good sized back yard. I got permission
to turn it into a vegetable garden which was very successful. While
I had no experience with gardening, I perused the public library, reading
garden books and literature. Among the information was an article about
the Hopi who grew great corn. Following their lead, my corn was
The family had
plenty of vegetables and the surplus was wheeled around the neighborhood
and bartered for ration stamps. These were in short supply. It
was a win-win situation. My Victory Garden was a huge success!"
Dr. N. Park
"I have very
fond memories of working with my mother on our Victory Garden as a young
child. Our back yard was loaded [with produce] and then she also had
a plot on a farm down the street. Our basement was loaded with
canned vegetables and fruits.
Working in our
Victory Garden was even more poignant as we were close to Mitchell Air
Force Base on Long Island and transport planes were constantly flying over
our home on the way to the European theater."
Learn More About W.W. II-era Victory Gardening in America