9 april 1917 Breaking up grass-land for cultivation in Switzerland

Will Spencer was currently living in Bern in Switzerland, and observed the pressure of food shortages having an impact on the local landscape.

9 April 1917

In the course of my wanderings on the outskirts of the town I saw many men, women & children engaged in breaking up grass-land for cultivation, that had been previously divided into strips marked off with string. Some men were busy in their gardens, sowing, binding up fruit trees, etc. I saw a young soldier in uniform helping two other youths to mark off a strip of grass land.

Diary of Will Spencer (D/EX801/27)

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