In a letter entitled "The Duty of the Schools," J. H. Francis, director of The United States School Garden Army wrote:
There is a mighty army of boys and girls, thirty to fifty million strong, who have heads, hearts and hands, leisure time and patriotism to spare. There are also hundreds of thousands of acres of tillable land uncultivated……Superintendents of schools must make their schools a vital, an actual, force in giving more food to the world and in conserving what is produced….Through the school children we can make the undertaking not merely immediately productive, but a permanent factor in American life as well…
Superintendents of schools must make their schools a vital, an actual, force in giving more food to the world and in conserving what is produced. They must do this in addition to talking and writing about this somewhat spectacular and highly interesting phase of the school’s part in the war.
Via Earthly Pursuits.