Millions of Americans grew victory gardens in their backyards–and on rooftops and in window boxes–during WWII to supplement their wartime rations and help spur victory. Planting victory gardens helped make sure that there was enough food for our soldiers fighting around the world.

On Saturday, June 23 from 11 am.-12:30 p.m., the Wilton Historical Society will offer a Victory Garden workshop for children. Museum educator Lola Chen will talk about how everyone helped the war effort with vegetable gardens, growing many different types of vegetables–tomatoes, carrots, lettuce, beets, and peas. The push to grow victory gardens brought Swiss chard and kohlrabi onto the American dinner table because they were easy to grow.

During the workshop, participants will plant seedlings in the Society’s victory garden, and can help maintain their plantings through the summer. The children will help prepare their own snack, pesto bruschetta.

The program is suggested for ages 6-12. The cost to participate is $10 per child, $25 maximum per family for Wilton Historical Society members; $15 per child, with a maximum of $35 per family for non-members. Register via email or calling 203.762.7257.

The Wilton Historical Society is located at 224 Danbury Rd..