Back to the land, we must all lend a hand.
To the farms and the fields we must go.
There’s a job to be done,
Though we can’t fire a gun
We can still do our bit with the hoe…
Back to the land, with its clay and its sand,
Its granite and gravel and grit,
You grow barley and wheat
And potatoes to eat
To make sure that the nation keeps fit…
We will tell you once more
You can help win the war
If you come with us – back to the land
While hunting for Victory Garden resources, I stumbled across a forgotten part of the home front movement – the women’s land army. While the men were off on fighting on foreign soils, women joined the home front war efforts in raising a nation’s food.
Women’s Land Army
“The Women’s Land Army” was the forgotten victory of the Second World War. While troops fought on the front line, a battalion of young women joined up to take their place as agricultural workers. Despite many of them coming from urban backgrounds, these fearless, cheerful girls learnt how to look after farm land, operate and repair machinery, rear and manage farm animals, harvest crops and provide the work force that was badly needed in the years of the war. Back-breaking work such as thinning crops, continuous hoeing and digging made way for disgusting tasks such as rat-killing. Yet despite it all, the land girls were exuberant, fun-loving and hard-working, and became known for their articulate, feisty, humorous and modest attitude. It therefore comes as no surprise that despite hostility and teasing at the beginning, these robust farm workers won the hearts of the nation, and at the disbandment of the Land Army in the 1950s, the farming community were forced to eat their words.” – Book ‘They Fought in the Fields’
Onward Garden Soldiers!
Join PTF and our recent home front efforts. Combat climate change, oil dependence, corporate take over of our food supply — grow, eat and preserve your own food.
Look forward to PTF’s Victory Garden/100 foot Diet community site coming soon. A new platform where you can share your homegrown efforts.