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Community Gardens

A wooden sign reading "community garden"

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#Community Gardens #Connecting to Community #Gardening and Agriculture

Author

Doug Fogelson

Community gardens are often found in urban areas where the available land is limited. They are more than just spaces to grow a few things, as they embody the sharing of place, knowledge, culture, and food. The environmental benefits are complemented by economic and social ones including combating food insecurity, educating a community, and sharing in the planning or management duties.  

If a community garden does not exist near you or you can’t get a space in one, perhaps a consideration is to create one. Establishing the garden will require a lot of work, including finding a site; assessing its viability regarding soil, light, water, etc.; solving ownership/insurance issues; determining what type of garden to create (raised beds? plots?); providing for accessibility and safety; controlling pests; and more. However, once the garden is established, the work will be totally worth it.

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