What is a community garden?
A community garden is a single piece of land gardened collectively by a group of people. Community gardens utilize either individual or shared plots on private or public land while producing fruit, vegetables, and/or ornamental plants. In cities throughout the country, community gardens are turning unused spaces into beautiful, productive plots and giving others the chance to enjoy the pleasures of gardening.
What are some of the benefits of community gardens?
● Studies have shown community gardeners and their children eat healthier
than their non-gardening counterparts.
● Exposure to the earth reduces stress and increases a sense of wellness
● Eating locally grown produce has been shown to reduce asthma rates
because children are able to consume safe amounts of local pollen and
develop immunity to allergens.
● Educating citizens about the importance of clean, healthy food supports
child development and helps prevent chronic disease and obesity.
● Teaching sustainable practices can be applied to a wide variety of life
situations and create an innate respect for the environment.
● Provides opportunities for inter-generational and cross-cultural connections
● Involving younger generations in the community garden movement can
provide them with the skills to build sustainable communities for years to