In order to mobilize the American food supply to feed the British starting the March before Pearl Harbor, The U.S. Department of Agriculture encouraged civilians to begin gardening. Two years later the newly created Victory Gardens produced a third of all food grown nationwide mostly for civilian purposes. These gardens led to a high morale boost in the home front as normal civilians felt they were contributing to victory for the Allies in their own yards.
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