Raised 'Em Myself

Raised 'Em Myself

The U.S. Department of Agriculture quickly caught on to the school gardening craze that was taking off across the U.S. in the turn of the 20th century. Promotional posters, such as the "Raised 'Em Myself," could be found on community boards to support local efforts. Following WWI, the Department of Agriculture spearheaded a campaign, the United States School Garden Army, to strengthen work ethics and moral among school children. Again, following WWII, Victory gardens were established as relief work. However, school gardens steadily became supplemental rather than normal in school curriculums following the second half of the century. Until recently, school gardens disappeared from the national education agenda.

Learn more about the history of school gardens on Kitchen Gardeners International.

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