CHICAGO DAILY NEWS
16 March 1943, 6/1
Mormons Rent 20-Acre Tract to Grow Food
Mormons of Chicago, expecting a food shortage next winter, today announced plans for gardens and orchards that will produce vegetables, fruits and berries for canning 20,000 quarts of food during the late summer and fall. A cannery will be established to process them.
Bishop A.L. Williams, head of the Logan Square ward of the Chicago stake — or district – announced that 20 acres of excellent truck farming land on Grand av. not far from Mannheim rd., had been rented and would be divided into small plots for intensive cultivation by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints here.
Tractor to Be Used.
A tractor and other equipment have been obtained to prepare the ground before it is cut up into family gardens. This, according to the bishop, will enable the church gardeners to cultivate twice as much land as by hand. A 100-tree orchard has been also rented, providing several different kinds of fruits, and the church is negotiating for others.
“We have arranged to set up a cannery in a building within easy reach of the farm,” said Bishop Williams, “and we will have a retort capable of processing 1,000 quarts a day. We expect to put away at least 20,000 quarts of fruits and vegetables, probably much more.”
Cannery to Aid Others.
The bishop added that the facilities of the cannery would not be limited to members of the church, but would be available to friends and neighbors who do not have pressure cookers in their homes.
It was just 101 years ago tomorrow that the forerunner of this welfare program was set up. In Joseph Smith’s little store in historic Nauvoo, Ill., 18 women met with the Mormon leader and organized the “Female Relief Society of Nauvoo” to aid the poor and sick. It is now the National Women’s Relief Society, with 20,000 members.