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Researchers and nonprofit organizations argue that community gardens are an often overlooked but valuable community asset when it comes to increasing food security, cultivating civic engagement, reducing the impact of the food system on climate change, and finally, in helping communities mitigate the impact of climate change. This last factor includes reducing the heat island effect, providing a variety of ecosystem services, and increasing storm water retention. According to the Climate Victory Gardens movement, today's community and urban gardens are reminiscent of the collective action of Americans during the WWI and WWII, when 20 million gardeners produced 40% of the fresh fruits and vegetables consumed in the country at the time.