What is a "community garden", and what are some of its benefits?
What is it?
A community garden is a piece of land
shared by friends and neighbors for growing
vegetables and flowers, and providing
opportunities for positive social interactions
and recreation. It may be sandwiched
between two buildings, on the outskirts of a
city, in an apartment building courtyard, on
hospital grounds, alongside railroad tracks,
or even in your own backyard.
Community gardens can take on diverse
forms. Designated land can be divided up
among neighbors for personal use or
developed into school gardens where
subjects including biology, environmental
science, and mathematics can be taught and
explored in the garden environment. Other
community gardens have been used for
growing food for food pantries, educational
and training workshops, youth gardening
programs, and integrated into senior centers.
A garden’s theme and program possibilities
are virtually endless and should be the focus
of the envisioning stage.
*Create opportunities for neighbors to work together.
*Grow fresh, nutritious produce in urban areas for community members or food banks.
*Clean up and use vacant and unsightly lots.
*Provide safe learning space for children and adults.
*Reduce crime and vandalism.
*Preserve plant life.
*Provide possible vocational interests to increase income opportunities.
*Reduce city heat from streets and parking lots by creating more urban green spaces.
*Enable positive human-earth connections and the cultivation of environmental stewardship.
*Reduce stress and improve mental health of community members.
*Beautify and enrich neighborhoods and enhance fellow neighbors' sense of identity.
*Provide opportunities for strong inter-generational and cross-cultural connections.
A garden is a delight to the eye and a solace for the soul. ~ Saadi