Black and white photograph of students in a gardening class tend a field in Pipestone County, c.1918.

Gardening class in Pipestone County

Students in a gardening class tend a field in Pipestone County, c.1918.

Color poster produced for the National War Garden Commission, c.1918.

National War Garden Commission poster (“The Kaiser is Canned”)

Poster produced for the National War Garden Commission, c.1918.

Color poster produced for the National War Garden Commission. Designed by illustrator James Montgomery Flagg, c.1918.

National War Garden Commission poster (“Sow the Seeds of Victory”)

Poster produced for the National War Garden Commission. Designed by illustrator James Montgomery Flagg, c.1918.

Liberty Gardens, 1917–1919

On April 12, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson called upon Americans on the home front to help fight what would become known as World War I. In response, many Minnesotans turned to backyard gardening to increase their food supply. Homegrown vegetables filled pantries and stomachs and allowed “citizen soldiers” to conserve wheat, meat, sugar, and fats that were essential for U.S. troops and their European allies.

Black and white photograph of workers hoeing sugar beets in a field in Carver County. Date and photographer unknown.

Hoeing sugar beets

Workers hoe sugar beets in a field in Carver County. Date and photographer unknown.

Black and white wedding portrait of Frank and Sophia Schott, June 25, 1909.

Frank Schott and Sophia Barth Schott

Wedding portrait of Frank and Sophia Schott, June 25, 1909.

Color image of a windmill near Schott Barn, c.1985.

Schott Barn windmill

A windmill near Schott Barn, c.1985.

Black and white photograph of Frank Schott drilling grain, c.1920s.

Frank Schott drilling grain

Frank Schott drilling grain, c.1920s.

Frank Schott Barn, Stevens County

The stone barn built by German immigrant Frank Schott in 1923 is a prime example of innovative Midwestern architecture. The barn, located just southwest of Chokio, stands out above the fields near the Stevens and Big Stone County lines. Many feel it serves as a reminder of the determination and skills of the immigrants who did their own building throughout the Midwest. Though the barn’s wooden roof collapsed in 1993, its stone walls remain standing in the early twenty-first century.

Color image of Rocky Ridge farm in Mansfield, Missouri, 2011.

Rocky Ridge Farm

Rocky Ridge Farm in Mansfield, Missouri. Photographed on June 24, 2011 by Wikimedia Commons user TimothyMN.

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