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For many adults and children, our shift to a more urbanized economy has resulted in a lack of access to healthy food. In areas with limited resources, this can also mean living without access to nature. Community gardens help solve these issues and provide access to so much more.
1. Access to healthy, organic food and flowers for low-to moderate income people and people who don't have a space to grow food at home.
2. Access to classes and seminars on planting, harvesting and storage techniques.
3. Access to gardening events like seed swaps and plant sales.
4. Free or low-cost use of tools, soil amendments, compost and other gardening resources.
5. A chance to meet others in your community.
6. The opportunity to connect with nature.
7. Tools to teach children and others in the community about healthy nutrition and the environment.
8. A chance to give back to the community through beautification and food.
9. Help filter air pollutants in urban environments.
10. Provide urban green space for people, animals and birds.
If you're interested in becoming a member of an existing community garden or starting one of your own, here are a few basics on how they work.
Community gardens are a great solution for people who don't have access to space for a garden. They encourage sustainability and self-reliance, produce high-quality nutritious food, help preserve economic and natural resources and create opportunities for neighborhood and community development.
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I just love my community garden. It is so relaxing and fun!
By ponomc from Cleveland, OH