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1911 – City Women Learn Gardening at Mrs. Belmont’s Farm

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Belmont1Pupils of Mrs. Belmont’s Farm for Girls. Larger image here.

New York Times
March 5, 1911

Down at Mrs. Belmont’s place on Long Island there are 200 acres adjoining her house which she wants in time to turn over entirely to women farmers. Gardening, the care of lawns, raising vegetables, growing fruits, every side of work about a “big place” will be taught. And in a year or two the women will go out qualified to earn a good living, and, with thrift, to become owners of their own farms.

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Feed Denver and the The Urban Farm at Stapleton

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The Canary Stopped Singing

By Lisa Rogers
Feed Denver

Excerpts: Letter from the Executive Director

As city dwellers we have abdicated food production to “others” – other people, other places, other states and other countries. We live in trust that food is being produced and that it will show up at our local grocery store in time for our hunger. We live in false security that someone is taking care of our food needs and our city’s food shed.

Our city used to be surrounded by farms. Those farms became subdivisions. Our state used to produce a wide variety of foods. In last year’s census we now only have 354 farms that produce vegetables – most of those under 10 acres and producing revenues less than $10,000 per year. Only .2% (that’s POINT TWO percent) of the food we eat in the Metro area comes from our state.

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Indianapolis school will start 3.5 acre urban farm

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High School Students To Spearhead Organic Farm
Students Will Tend To Garden Near Arlington High School

The Indy Channel
November 4, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS — Community, education and healthier food choices are at the center of a new urban garden planned for Indianapolis’ northeast side.

The Devington Green Acres Farm will occupy a 3.5-acre plot just east of Devington Shopping Center and Arlington High School, and will be the city’s largest sustainable urban organic farm, organizers said.

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Cigar Store Promoting World War I Gardens

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cigarvictoryNational Emergency War Garden Commission. Sow The Seeds of Victory Posters in cigar store window. Circa 1914-1919.

Teaching With Documents: Sow the Seeds of Victory!
Posters from the Food Administration During World War I

Excerpt from the National Archives

“To achieve the results, the Food Administration combined an emphasis on patriotism with the lure of advertising created by its own Advertising Section. This section produced a wealth of posters for both outdoor and indoor display. One proclaimed: “Food is Ammunition-Don’t waste it.” Another featured a woman clothed in stars and stripes reaching out to embrace the message: “Be Patriotic sign your country’s pledge to save the food.” A third combined patriotism with a modern healthy diet message. At the top, the poster encouraged readers to: “Eat more corn, oats and rye products-fish and poultry-fruits, vegetables and potatoes, baked, boiled and broiled foods.”

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