New York State Archives, NYSA_A0226-78_B2_F3_FoodCard
A Patriotic Emergency Farm Labor Enrollment Card was to be completed by students interested in enrolling in the Farm Cadet Program. The cards were issued by the New York State Food Commission during World War I, February 7, 1918.
How did individuals enrolled in the Patriotic Emergency Farm Labor Program help to solve the food shortage issues of World War I? Explain your answer.
Why did the government use the word “patriotic” in the title of the program? Explain your answer.
How do you think the movement of laborers from other industries to farming affected the economy?
Do you think this program was successful? Explain your answer.
After World War I was over, millions of soldiers returned home to their former lives. Research the lives of returning farmers in Upstate New York and answer the following questions. How successful were farmers in returning to farm life? Did food production greatly increase after the war? How did the return of soldiers affect the local economies?
Art: Design a recruitment poster to encourage individuals to sign up for emergency farm labor.
English Language Arts: Write a letter to the employers of New York State explaining the Emergency Farm Labor Program and requesting their support in providing workers.
Gilbert, Martin. The First World War. Harper Collins: New York, 1995.