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Victory Gardens

Victory Gardens

Food - Don't Waste It

A new form of Victory Gardening is popping up across the country. In 1943, the government asked the American people to grow 18 million home or community garden plots to help the war effort.  They called them Victory Gardens.  America responded with 20 million Victory Gardens that accounted for an estimated 1 in 3 vegetables grown in the country that year. In 2014, gardening is strictly a hobby for some people. For many other people, gardening is recognized as a way to supplement household food needs. People are also involved in Growing a Row for those in need or donating their extra bounty to food banks and food pantries through the Hunger Free North Dakota Garden Project. The health benefits of gardening encompass all of the wellness concepts including: spiritual, physical, and mental health. To get involved contact a neighbor, friend, co-worker, farmer, or Extension office. Gardeners are EVERYWHERE, just ask the founders of Kitchen Gardener’s International, so it’s easy to learn and it’s easy to get involved!


Demand for local food in rural communities is growing. Sustainable local food systems need to have strong community support to build and maintain the infrastructure needed to bring food from farm to fork. This website provides resources to support rural communities just beginning to build their community food systems as well as those whose local food systems are already strong. Resources are intended for farmers and producers, community organizations, and Extension Educators but may interest anyone in community and local foods. While this website was a partnership between Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, most resources are applicable for any rural community.

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