Thursday, November 27, 2014

WPA Farmers' Market

Above: The description for this 1938 photo reads, "A Farmer's Market built by the WPA. This market is used by farmers in the community to distribute their salable crops. The market is open for business as market-goers load up their truck." Photo taken in Valdosta, Georgia, and provided courtesy of the National Archives and the New Deal Network.
 
 Above: WPA workers on a Farm-to-Market road project in Prince George's County, Maryland, 1936. The WPA built many Farm-to-Market roads across the country, so farmers could get their goods to consumers, and so consumers could have access to more nutritious food. Photo provided courtesy of the University of Maryland College Park Archives.
 
Above: Be sure to include some fruit in your Thanksgiving eatings! WPA poster, image courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

1 comment:

  1. An article like this brings to mind the quiet revolution in agriculture that Henry Wallace brought about during his time as the Ag Sec. with policies like parity pricing combined with his 1938 law "the ever normal grainery", scientific farming, & the Rural Electrification Admin. which brought electricity to rural farms for the first time, massively increasing productivity. I'd love some fruit, except that under the Wall Street food cartels, domestic production has dropped, and under the usurious debt trap of the International Monetary Fund, food is stolen from poorer countries under dubious conditions, as the number of food borne disease poisoning cases attest.

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