Why community gardening?

A community garden can come in many shapes and sizes, from public greenspace, to reclaimed distressed property and vacant lots. Small plots of land are allocated to individuals, who then take responsibility for the plot, keeping it weed and pest-free while using it to produce the flowers or vegetables of their choice. Community gardening allows anyone interested in gardening to learn and actively participate in the garden, regardless of their space limitations or lack of experience.

According to the American Community Gardening Society, community gardens produce more than vegetables! A community garden:
* Improves the quality of life for people in the garden
* Provides a catalyst for neighborhood and community development
* Stimulates Social Interaction
* Encourages Self-Reliance
* Beautifies Neighborhoods
* Produces Nutritious Food
* Reduces Family Food Budgets
* Conserves Resources
* Creates opportunity for recreation, exercise, therapy, and education
* Reduces Crime
* Preserves Green Space
* Creates income opportunities and economic development
* Reduces city heat from streets and parking lots
* Provides opportunities for intergenerational and cross-cultural connections

On an international scale, community gardens can provide families with a source of income, improved nutrition, and greater overall stability.

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