In the 1940’s we were experiencing another worldwide calamity that disrupted supply chains and left store shelves empty: World War II. Instead of sending checks, the government sent advice: “Work a Garden—Raise Chickens . . . Somebody Has to Raise or Pack Everything You Eat.”
Americans took to their backyards in—and with—spades to plant “Victory Gardens.” They kept small livestock like chickens and milking goats. For the first time suburbs became food producers, rather than consumers, as America fell back on its agrarian roots.
Eighty years later, will we do it again?