Yarta and Ida Saxby of Halligarth House 'Digging for Victory', Baltasound, Unst, Shetland Isles, during the First World War

Serious food shortages in 1917 resulted in increased prices, especially for imported foodstuffs. The British Government encouraged people to produce their own food, public and private gardens were turned over to vegetable plots, while previously uncultivated land, such as school playgrounds were also taken over. As more and more men were called to do their duty, so their work in the factories and on the land was taken over by women.

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