What is a community garden and what’s the big deal?
The ACGA (American Community Garden Association) defines a community garden as a piece of land that’s gardened by a group of people. It could be a school, a neighborhood, an apartment building, a co-op, urban area, suburban area, etc…
So what’s the big deal?
Community gardens are sprouting up nationwide because of the positive effects on the community, developing urban areas, the health impacts of eating more nutritious and less processed foods, the mental health aspects of teaching our kids how to grow things and be more self-reliant, the conservation of the earth’s resources… the benefits are endless. Many nonprofit “urban greening” or community gardening projects are also devoted to both restoring unused land and providing environmental education for the people who live there.
In Philadelphia alone, you can find over 400 community gardens. According to the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society “besides being attractive, these serene spaces promote health and nutrition, improve local economies, and allow neighbors to come together for a common interest.”
Once you have put your plan in motion, RecycledPromos “Picture Me Composting” coloring book is a great way to get younger kids in your schools and youth organizations excited when you kick off your community gardening and composting program!
- Size: 6″ x 6″