What is a Community Garden?

 

"Many things grow in the garden that were never sown there"

 

Thomas Fuller

Definition

"A community garden is a single piece of land gardened collectively by a group of people.” 

A simple definition, but a community garden is so much more than just a piece of land! Community gardens bring people of different ages, genders, and ethnicities together to establish something beautiful. Each individual plays a role in making the garden successful.  Not only do gardens increase access to fresh food and nature, they also beautify neighborhoods, raise property value, and reduce neighborhood crime. Community gardens provide us with the opportunity to learn, grow, and live together.

Benefits

  • Improves the quality of life for people involved with the garden
  • Provides a catalyst for neighborhood and community development
  • Encourages social interaction between community members
  • Promotes independence and satisfaction with oneself
  • Beautifies neighborhoods
  • Increases property values
  • Produces nutritious food and supports healthy eating behaviors
  • Reduces family food budgets
  • Conserves resources and helps maintain a friendly ecosystem
  • Creates opportunity for recreation, exercise, therapy, and education
  • Reduces crime
  • Preserves green space and utilizes land that would otherwise go wasted
  • Creates income opportunities and economic development
  • Provides opportunities for inter-generational and cross-cultural
  • connections

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed its the only thing that ever has.

 

Margaret Mead