Community Gardening

15 Jun

Good day!  We hope you’ve all started your compost bins since last week’s post but in case you are still in need of inspiration we’ll be doing a feature story on a new-to-composting resident later on in June…  For today we wanted to highlight community gardens and all the goodness they bring!

(photo from spacingmontreal.ca)

Here is a brief explanation from thecommunitygardens

Community gardens provide fresh produce and plants as well as 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 not for profit associations.

A community garden is a single piece of land gardened collectively by a group of people. Community gardens are parcels of land divided into small plots for local residents to grow their own flowers, fruit and vegetables. Community gardens owe their existence to the energy of residents.

Why Community Gardens?

  • Developing a Sense of Community
  • Stimulates Social Interaction
  • Beautifies Neighborhoods
  • Conserves Resources
  • Preserves Green Space
  • Creates Opportunity for Recreation, Exercise, Therapy, and Education
  • Creates Income Opportunities and Economic Development
There is a new community garden that is just starting out this year in Saskatoon in an area of the city which houses many new immigrants & refugees.  The garden is called “Good Earth Family Garden” and has 40 families participating – many of which live in rental apartments without private garden space.  For $20/plot – this garden will provide not only fruits & vegetables to families in the neighborhood but also a chance to connect to the earth again.  After receiving their plots and hosting their first planting day – one man exclaimed with joy, “I have land!”  A tremendous statement from someone who has had to leave his homeland behind to start a new life in Canada.
Good Earth Family Garden offers these families the sense of land ownership, fresh food and community.
Do you see unused urban space in your cities that could be made into a garden to nourish the residents surrounding it? Maybe an abandoned lot?
Take action, talk to your city councilors and claim space to garden!
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One Response to “Community Gardening”

  1. Julia Campbell December 28, 2011 at 8:47 pm #

    I really really love this picture showing an urban garden! I am a student in Georgia studying for my Master’s in Public Health and I would like to use this picture for my graduate thesis project. May I reproduce this picture, and possibly share it with residents of Georgia?

    Regards,

    Julia N. M. Campbell

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