Back in the good ole days there was a little thing called the Dig for Victory campaign. I'm not going to give you a history lesson, TJ's the history buff around here. The very short version is that during WWI and WWII, the government encouraged folks at home to use empty space to plant vegetable "victory" gardens. The government needed all the money it could for the war, and in the UK (they had a campaign too) the food supplies were critically low from feeding troops and war. Honestly, it was probably good for the folks her in the US to focus on the veggies and not their babies at War and helped to supplement the fact that many of the men who once worked at the commerical farms were now overseas. Its estimated that during those times private garden production EQUALED commerical production in the US. That is just amazing to me.