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School Gardening in the early 1900s through today: Images, Misc.

Primary source materials and information about gardening within K-12 schools in the early 20th century through today. Now a part of the AgNIC network!

USSGA Images

The USSGA had posters and images promoting the program.  Here are links to some of them.

Title: Follow the Pied Piper. Join the United States School Garden Army.
Description: Poster shows Uncle Sam playing a fife, leading a group of children carrying gardening tools and a seed bag.

Title: Helping Hoover in our U.S. school garden.
Description: World War I public service poster showing two bare-foot children with a wheelbarrow full of vegetables.

Title: Join the United States school garden army - Enlist now / Edward Penfield.
Description: Poster showing a girl plowing.


For similar posters and/or photographs of this era, click on a subject heading below to see what's in the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC).

Gardening--1910-1920. (4)
National War Garden Commission--1910-1920. (12)
Vegetables--1910-1920
. (3)
Victory gardens--1910-1920. (4)

Images of School Gardens

Here are some images of school gardens and children from the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog. Grouped roughly in chronological order.

Title: Kindergarten in a vegetable garden, Washington, D.C.
Date: 1899?
Description: Kindergarten in a vegetable garden, Washington, D.C.

Title: War Garden: Sheridan School.
Date: between 1910-1920
Description: School children in front of and on sign for the Sheridan School War Gardens. Teachers present. Sign reads: Sheridan School
War Gardens
Trespassers, destroyers & thieves beware $100.00 fine one year imprisionment
dogs are subject to the law keep them off

Title: School garden, produced by NYA (National Youth Administration) girls, with the help and guidance of Mr. Ellis Whitaker, vocational director and principal of school. Flint River Farms, Georgia.
Date: May 1913
Description: Student gardening in an open field.

Title: Sacramento--a children's garden.
Date: 1916
Description: School children, posed with their teachers, by their garden, Sacramento, California.

Title: School garden - Jefferson School.
Date: March 1917
Description: See Bliss report. Location: Muskogee, Oklahoma / Lewis W. Hine

Title: Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad Company. Coal mine--Bayview, Alabama, White School garden.
Date: 1918
Description: Children gardening.

Title: A school garden, where work is play.
Date: Oct. 6, 1919
Description: Children working in garden on school grounds.

Title: Working in school garden, Gees Bend, Alabama.
Date: May 1939?
Description: Student working in school garden.

Title: Behind the homemade plow in the school garden, Gees Bend, Alabama
Date: May 1939?
Description: Three stutents plowing school garden.

Title: Behind the homemade plow in the school garden, Gees Bend, Alabama.
Date: May 1939?
Description: Young boy student behind the homemade plow in the school garden.

Title: School garden. Gee's Bend, Alabama.
Date: May 1939?
Description: Students working in school garden.

Title: School garden. Gee's Bend, Alabama.
Date: May 1939?
Description: Students working in school garden.

Title: School principal helping student in school garden, Flint River Farms, Georgia.
Date: May 1939?
Description: School principal helping student in school garden, Flint River Farms, Georgia.

Title: Turlock, California. Housewife, who is president of the PTA (Parent-Teacher Association), hands tomato plants to workman for planting in school garden.
Date: May 1942
Description: The tomatoes will be used for school lunches and the surplus canned. The hot lunch program in the school sponsored by the PTA; will continue it alone if the WPA (Work Projects Administration) help is discontinued. All children of all ages and income groups gained in weight with hot lunches.

Title: Turlock, California. Housewife who is president of PTA (Parent Teacher Association) with armload of tomato plants which will be planted in school garden. The tomatoes will be used for school lunches, and the surplus canned.
Date: May 1942
Description: Turlock, California. Housewife who is president of PTA (Parent Teacher Association) with armload of tomato plants which will be planted in school garden. The tomatoes will be used for school lunches, and the surplus canned.

Title: Orange, Texas. Extended school day program in the public schools. These children are working on their garden after the regular school day is over, waiting for their parents to finish work and call for them.
Date: May 1943
Description: These children are working on their garden after the regular school day is over, waiting for their parents to finish work and call for them.

Title: Washington public schools go to war. The public schools of Washington, D.C., like those in most other sections of the country, have revised their curricula to fit the pupils for fuller participation in the war effort. They have gone all-out for the Program of Civilian Defense. Many of the schools have their Victory Gardens.
Date: April 1943
Description: Photo shows boys preparing the soil for their community Victory Garden under supervision of one of their teachers.

Title: Victory Gardens--for family and country.
Date: Feb.-Mar. 1943
Description: Hopscotch has been supplanted by a new and serious game for these Girl Scouts--it's called Plant the Victory Garden. Like thousands of other school-age youngsters, Pat Nelson, Doris Laclair and Barbara Redford, all of San Francisco, are enthusiastic participants in the nation-wide Food for Victory campaign. Doris seems to be jumping the gun slightly, but at this stage cookies are more palatable than embryonic cabbages.

Title: Children's school victory gardens on First Avenue between Thirty-fifth and Thirty-sixth Streets, New York, New York.
Date: June 1944
Description: Students and teacher in school garden.

Title: Children's school victory gardens on First Avenue between Thirty-fifth and Thirty-sixth Streets, New York, New York.
Date: June 1944
Description: Students and teacher in school garden.

Title: Children's school victory gardens on First Avenue between Thirty-fifth and Thirty-sixth Streets, New York, New York.
Date: June 1944
Description: Two students in their school garden.

Title: Children's school victory gardens on First Avenue between Thirty-fifth and Thirty-sixth Streets, New York, New York.
Date: June 1944
Description: Female student in the school garden.

Title: Children's school victory gardens on First Avenue between Thirty-fifth and Thirty-sixth Streets, New York, New York.
Date: June 1944
Description: Students and teacher in school garden.

Title: Children's school victory gardens on First Avenue between Thirty-fifth and Thirty-sixth Streets, New York, New York.
Date: June 1944
Description: Female student in the school garden.

Title: Children's school victory gardens on First Avenue between Thirty-fifth and Thirty-sixth Streets, New York, New York.
Date: June 1944
Description: Female student eating a carrot? in the school garden.

Title: Children's school victory gardens on First Avenue between Thirty-fifth and Thirty-sixth Streets, New York, New York.
Date: June 1944
Description: Students and teacher in school garden.

Title: Children's school victory gardens on First Avenue between Thirty-fifth and Thirty-sixth Streets, New York, New York.
Date: June 1944
Description: Three young students in the school garden.

Title: Children's school victory gardens on First Avenue between Thirty-fifth and Thirty-sixth Streets, New York, New York.
Date: June 1944
Description: Two young boy students in the school garden.

Title: Children's school victory gardens on First Avenue between Thirty-fifth and Thirty-sixth Streets, New York, New York.
Date: June 1944
Description: One young girl student in the school garden.

Title: Children's school victory gardens on First Avenue between Thirty-fifth and Thirty-sixth Streets, New York, New York.
Date: June 1944
Description: One young boy student in the school garden.

Title: Keysville, Virginia. Randolph Henry High School. Working in garden of home economics cottage.
Date: June 1943
Description: Students in the school garden.

Title: Keysville, Virginia. Working in garden of home economics cottage of Randolph Henry High School.
Date: June 1943
Description: Working in garden of home economics cottage of Randolph Henry High School.

Title: School children outside digging, making garden.
Date: ?
Description: New York; School children outside digging, making garden.

Title: School children outside digging, making garden.
Date: ?
Description: New York; School children outside digging, making garden.

Title: School children outside digging, making garden.
Date: ?
Description: New York; School children outside digging, making garden.

Title: School children outside digging, making garden.
Date: ?
Description: New York; School children outside digging, making garden.

Miscellaneous

 

Garden Song. The Playground, Vol. 12.3 (June 1918): 115-117.
This is the US School Garden Army "Garden Song" lyrics, written to the tune Over There and it's history.

Cleveland School Cardens

Cleveland Public Schools Horticulture Program
More than 1200 images and PDF files surrounding the school gardening program in Cleveland from the early 1900s-1977. Part of the Cleveland Memory Project, Michael Schwartz Library, Cleveland State University.

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