There are many benefits of a community garden. Among them are the aesthetic, recreational, educational, and social opportunities. In some urban settings, they are the key to neighborhood rejuvenation and the ecological value is significant as well.
Not every neighborhood has room for a neighborhood garden, unless a neighbor with a big yard, and equally big heart, wants to host it. But they prove to be a huge success in all kinds of places across the country. In some cities where the area has become run down, the city condemned lots and homes that were chronically vacant, cleared them for good use, and gardens sprouted in short order.
According to Greenleaf Communities, benefits of community gardens include:
- Increase access to fresh foods
- Increase physical activity through garden maintenance activities
- Improve dietary habits through education
- Improve mental health and promote relaxation
Gardeners In Community Development suggests that additional benefits to community gardens can:
- Increase a sense of community ownership and stewardship
- Foster the development of a community identity and spirit
- Bring people together from a wide variety of backgrounds
- Provide opportunities to meet neighbors
Does your neighborhood, town, or city have a community garden? We’d love to hear about it! Contact our team here.