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During World Wars I and II the victory gardens movement encouraged Americans to grow their own food wherever possible in order to avoid food shortages.

Growing produce at home may help individuals to save money on groceries, increase access to healthy produce, and improve the nutritional quality of their diets, thereby reducing food insecurity and malnutrition.

However, not all people have the land or space to grow their own food. Because of this, communities have come together to scale up and combine gardening efforts.