Solving a Unique Problem
Like a ship at sea, 19th century frontier forts sitting in the middle of a vast sea of prairie grass, found it hard to get fresh food. Before the days of refrigeration, or even the railroad for fairly quick delivery of goods, food at Fort Larned was mostly salted beef, bread or hardtack, and beans. And like those sailing ships of old, this nutrionally poor diet led to a big problem with scurvy. It's no wonder that many of the officers and enlisted men took the trouble to plant vegetable gardens in the summer.