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Community Gardens

Areas where neighbors get together to grow and harvest their own food.

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Community gardens seem to be sprouting up everywhere

  • Feb 10, 2010
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Community garden in Dallas, Texas

Combining the two great ideas of buying locally and creating your own garden is the ingenious idea of community gardens. These gardens are turning parking lots and abandoned wasteland in cities into gorgeous and fertile places for the local people to grow and harvest their own food. Some people are even donating what they have grown to others. They can range from a small vegetable gardens called "victory gardens" to larger areas to preserve local nature and habitat.

Each grower will be given an individual plot of land (sometimes for free) in which they will do the work alone or with help from other members. You don't have to be a pro gardener. Other members can help you along the way. You can usually grow whatever it is you want. Would you rather grow herbs and not vegetables? You can do that too. You can grow whatever you want for you and/or your family. You'll be helping your family in eating healthier.

Community gardens also brings the community together in a great way and can save the locals money. Instead of buying fruits and vegetables from the supermarket, they are growing their own food. This saves in transportation costs, which of course includes gas. The community gardens can be linked with a farmers' market where all of the food that will not be used by the growers are sold. These markets sell the food that is grown to locals for much cheaper than in any other place.

Transform ugly areas of your neighborhood into areas that everyone can enjoy. Do you like gardening or want to try gardening? Start a community garden where you live. Contact your local city government to see if community gardens are in your area. Also, in the U.S. you can go to www.communitygarden.org/.

Think of the feeling of accomplishment you'll fell after harvesting your first set of crops. Community gardens are a win-win for you, your neighborhood and for the Earth.  It is a great way to spread the Green Movement and a great learning tool for children.

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February 02, 2011
I love the idea of community gardens. I've recently come across the Community Supported Agriculture program where people buy a "share" of the farmer's crops and get a basket of fresh seasonal fruits, herbs and veggies delivered to their house. It's an amazing program. I think you could also do the same type of "crop sharing" with your local community gardeners so that nothing goes to waste. It's an amazing idea to help bring natural beauty to some of the most downtrodden of places. Great review :)
 
February 10, 2010
Nice review on a great subject. I have always loved this idea even in areas where people are not in great need. As you indicated this is still a great way to bring neighbors together. We need more activities like this.
 
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Last year, I was given an honor assignment of documenting the development and growth of a small community garden at Wicker Park Grace, a small Christian spiritual community in Chicago. I was happy to be a part of the project, which was a runaway success. Shooting the videos was tricky because I had a group of people who were either averse to appearing on camera or didn't have the time to do so even if they weren't, my video equipment was a single recorder which happened to be attached to my camera, …
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Community gardens provide access to fresh produce and plants as well as access to satisfying labor, neighborhood improvement, sense of community and connection to the environment.  They are publicly functioning in terms of ownership, access, and management, as well as typically owned in trust by local governments or nonprofits. A community garden brings your community closer.

A city’s community gardens can be as diverse as its communities of gardeners. Some choose to solely grow flowers, others are nurtured communally and their bounty shared, some have individual plots for personal use, while others are equipped with raised beds for disabled gardeners.

Community gardens encourage an urban community's food security, allowing citizens to grow their own food or for others to donate what they have grown. The gardens also combat two forms of alienation that plague modern urban life, by bringing urban gardeners closer in touch with the source of their food, and by breaking down isolation by creating a social community. It has also been found that active communities experience less crime and vandalism.
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