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Uncle Sam Turns Pied Piper

By Hank Will, Editor-in-Chief

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Back in the late teens of the 20th Century, domestic food supply was definitely on the Federal Government’s mind in the United States. This poster depicts an Uncle Sam turned Pied Piper leading a group of children off to fight the war as members of the School Garden Army and planting a garden. School gardens have received some renewed attention in recent years, thanks largely to the hard work of many private organizations. 


Hank Will raises hair sheep, heritage cattle and many varieties of open-pollinated corn with his wife, Karen, on their rural Osage County, Kansas farm. His home life is a perfect complement to his professional life as editor in chief at GRIT and Capper's Farmer magazines. Connect with him on .