Black and white photograph of a store display window in St. Paul promoting home gardening, c.1918.

St. Paul window display promoting gardening

A store display window in St. Paul promotes home gardening, c.1918.

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.

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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