Market Gardening

As typical to the name, market gardening included growing crops ready for the market. This included the crop of tomatoes, carrots and ‘tatties’ (potatoes), cabbages and brussel sprouts to name but a few. After being picked, they had to be boxed off ready for the market. Again, the Land Girls were responsible for the growing of these vegetables and fruit, more independently in this type of farming. As Mant recounts, some girls were given a book entitled ‘How to Grow and Produce Your Own Food’ and were expected to follow those instructions when undertaking their work. Mant describes that Land Girl’s would end up ‘smelling like a harvest festival’ (p. 222) – the reality of the government campaign ‘Dig For Victory’.

Land Girl Prints

Land girls harvesting cabbages. A group of women stand in a field close to the coast. In the background there is a ship out at sea, and the Isle of Wight lies in the distance. WW2 caption: “The scene is Hampshire, with the Isle of Wight beyond. Milk, poultry and vegetables are all supplied to the Naval hospital ships, mainly through the efforts of the Women’s Land Army”.

Source: Photo of print from the People’s History Museum. Courtesy of Stuart Antrobus. Description from IWM.