Gardening Grows Community

By Patricia Danflous

Go ahead, play in the dirt.  Thereís never been a better time to get involved with gardening. Check out one of the growing number of community gardens around the country and start volunteering. If there is not one in your neighborhood, take the initiative and start one.

Community gardens, which are increasingly taking shape throughout the country, are collaborative growing projects in which participants share in the maintenance and products of the garden, including healthy and affordable fresh fruits and vegetables.

If you are heading out to your personal garden or a community garden, remember to avoid continual stooping or squatting by using a stool or bench, use tools with good grips and leverage, stay hydrated, use sunscreen and donít forget sunglasses and gardening gloves.

Add community gardening to your bucket list…

  1. provide a catalyst for neighborhood development
  2. stimulate social interaction
  3. encourage self-reliance
  4. beautify neighborhoods
  5. produce nutritious food
  6. reduce family food budgets
  7. conserve resources
  8. create opportunities for recreation, exercise, therapy and education

American Community Gardening Association (ACGA)