Dow Victory Gardens in 1957

Photo of Lori Qualls

Dow Victory Gardens, located on Eastman and Sugnet roads, was started in the early 1940s by Dr. Ernest Grether. Seventy-six gardeners participated at first. In 1957, there were 156 plots turned into gardens by community members.

Any Dow employee was eligible for a plot, which were staked 40-by-50-foot sections. They were issued on a first come, first served basis. About 30% of the reservations were made the fall before.

Gardeners paid $6 for their plots, which covered water, plowing and fertilizer.

In the spring, Dow plowed and fertilized the plots. The gardeners planted seeds, tended their gardens and reaped the harvests. They cleaned up the plots after the growing season. 

Throwback is compiled by former Daily News managing editor, Lori Qualls. She can be contacted at

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