Victory garden

Julie Stern and neighbor Christo Brock work together in Stern’s organic garden in Topanga Canyon. Decades ago, victory gardens planted at the behest of the federal government helped the United States cope with food shortages during World War II. Now, in backyards and community gardens, and of course on the Internet, a new victory garden movement has captured the attention of people who want to lessen their reliance on mass-produced or imported food, reduce their carbon footprint or save on their grocery bills in a fractured economic climate.
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( Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times )

Julie Stern and neighbor Christo Brock work together in Stern’s organic garden in Topanga Canyon. Decades ago, victory gardens planted at the behest of the federal government helped the United States cope with food shortages during World War II. Now, in backyards and community gardens, and of course on the Internet, a new victory garden movement has captured the attention of people who want to lessen their reliance on mass-produced or imported food, reduce their carbon footprint or save on their grocery bills in a fractured economic climate.

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