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Community Gardening Provides Benefits beyond Food

by Karen Lawson, All About Lawns Columnist

A community garden can be located almost anywhere. Vacant lots, strips of land, rooftops, or parking lots--you name it. Community gardens often flourish under the care of many individuals, and can provide a great meeting spot for neighbors, family, and friends.

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Problems can arise when a community garden is started without the permission of the appropriate landowners and civic officials. It's typically never a good idea to trespass on any property without the consent of the owner. Before building a garden or planting seeds and plants, it's important be aware of local laws and zoning requirements to ensure the future of your garden. You may need insurance coverage or a permit to do community gardening. Your local zoning authority can provide information about community gardening in your neighborhood.


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Community Garden Can Provide Benefits

The American Community Gardening Association suggests that the benefits of community gardening go far beyond providing wholesome and affordable food:

  • Community gardening beautifies neighborhoods and improves quality of life for community gardeners and those living near the garden
  • Reduces city heat from parking lots and streets
  • Serves as a catalyst for social interaction and community development
  • Creates opportunity for recreation, exercise and social interaction
  • It promotes neighborhood networking
  • It can be a great way to make friends and learn about shared interests.
  • Promotes cross cultural and intergenerational interaction
  • May produce income if excess harvest is sold
  • With careful cultivation, you and your fellow gardeners can avoid problems with pollution and health concerns.

If you have an accessible (and legal) place to start a garden, then round up some garden buddies and start a community garden!


American Community Gardening Association

About the Author
Karen Lawson is a freelance writer with an avid interest in gardening and horticulture. She earned BA and MA degrees in English from the University of Nevada, Reno.

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