Our history is fascinating! As World War II pressed down on the world, our government began to heavily promote the advantages of citizens planting a “Victory Garden”. The two booklets above were results of this push for the population to grow, harvest, can, and store their crops.
Several different methods of preserving fruits and vegetables can be followed in these Booklets.
“How to Can Finer Fruits and save Sugar”
“As part of the war effort, the government rationed foods like sugar, butter, milk, cheese, eggs, coffee, meat and canned goods. Labor and transportation shortages made it hard to harvest and move fruits and vegetables to market. So, the government turned to its citizens and encouraged them to plant “Victory Gardens.” They wanted individuals to provide their own fruits and vegetables.
Nearly 20 million Americans answered the call. They planted gardens in backyards, empty lots and even city rooftops. Neighbors pooled their resources, planted different kinds of foods and formed cooperatives, all in the name of patriotism.
Farm families, of course, had been planting gardens and preserving produce for generations. Now, their urban cousins got into the act. All in the name of patriotism. ” from: http://www.livinghistoryfarm.org