What is a community garden?

Today’s life is very busy, with work and responsibilities taking up so much time. However, constant work makes the human body tired and we seek peace. This is where the benefits of a community garden can help.

Especially if one spends most of their time behind a desk or at a computer, turning to the garden can help to get rid of the day’s stress. Getting outside and feeling physically attached to the ground is a pleasant change.

Nowadays, community gardens are becoming more common and sought after by both residents and city officials because they provide a variety of functions within a community that society values.

These gardens are often promoted as having economic advantages, providing health benefits, offering educational opportunities, and reducing food deserts. 

In particular, community-supported agriculture theoretically could address inequalities about food security by increasing accessibility to fresh produce 

Community gardens offer people and the community many benefits. They provide opportunities for both recreational gardening and food production, in underutilized spaces. Community gardens are also great for the environment. 

What is a community garden?

Community gardens are places where people come together to grow a variety of vegetables, herbs, fruits, and flowers.  They do this by renting individual or shared plots of land within the community garden. The introduction of community gardens may be able to reduce the impact of food deserts in low-income areas and allow residents greater access to nutritious food that is necessary to live a healthy life.

One community garden may comprise many raised beds situated on an empty property. The neighbors are welcome to visit each day to observe the plants and pick up food items to eat.

Another community garden could be located in the backyard of a church and the produce is then donated to the food pantry and soup kitchen bank. Community gardens can mitigate some of the problems that plague urban areas.

They can be a beneficial addition to many communities by increasing the availability of nutritious foods, strengthening community ties, reducing environmental hazards, reducing food miles, and creating a more sustainable system.

Community gardens can help reduce negative environmental impacts by promoting sustainable agriculture. They also reduce food transportation costs and reduce water runoff. Humans, plants, and animals can all benefit from urban agriculture. This is because it creates habitats and improves the ecology of the area.

Community gardens are an integral part of the sharing economy. They allow numerous people to benefit from an asset such as the land to garden – they wouldn’t be able to have the money to pay for by themselves. But it’s not only gardeners who benefit from communal gardens. The benefits go to all of the neighbors and even to the community in general.

Benefits of a community garden:

Community gardens have several benefits to the people and the environment. These gardens create a sense of community among neighbors who are increasingly disconnected from each other. They create opportunities to provide healthy options in neighborhoods that are often food scarce.

Unfortunately, many city dwellers don’t have a  garden patio or even a sunny balcony for a container garden. And yet at the same time, many cities are filled with empty spaces – perfectly fine land that is unused and filling up with ugly debris. Turning that land into urban gardening space that residents could share would be a win-win for everyone.

That’s exactly the idea behind community gardens. They’ve shared plots of land where people gather together to grow fresh veggies and flowers. In cities all over America, community gardens are turning ugly, unused spaces into green, productive vegetable plots – as well as giving apartment dwellers a chance to enjoy the pleasures of gardening.

Now we talk about the benefits of a community garden in detail.

For the benefits of physical exercise:

The people working in the garden benefit from exercise and sunshine, as well as the therapeutic benefits of working in a garden. Weeding a garden is particularly effective in stress relief and provides mental health benefits to participants.

For a healthy lifestyle:

Community gardens contribute to a healthy lifestyle by providing fresh, safe, and affordable herbs, fruits, and vegetables. These all help to relieve stress and increase wellness. People are getting more active, which improves overall physical health.

It provides big social opportunities that build a sense of community and belonging. Urban gardening gives city dwellers a chance to enjoy the fresh air and healthy outdoor exercise. They also provide a peaceful retreat from the noise and bustle of an urban neighborhood, easing stress for residents.

close up of vegetables in community garden

Making fresh produce accessible:

A lot of urban areas can be described as “food deserts” – places where it’s difficult to find fresh vegetables and fruits. Especially in urban neighborhoods, it can be challenging to regularly obtain fresh produce without having to drive many miles.

Community gardens provide healthy, fresh produce to many families who could not have the money to buy it, thus increasing their diets and overall well-being. They also help reduce the need for food by donating their surplus products to local food banks. 

This means that people do not eat a healthy and nutritious diet because obtaining produce simply is too time-consuming and costly.

However, when there is a community garden in a neighborhood, studies have demonstrated that people consume more fresh fruits and vegetables. They give people an opportunity to learn and share knowledge on gardening, nature, and cooking.

Beautifying the landscape:

In many urban neighborhoods, there are vacant lots that have fallen into disuse. They may be filled with garbage. Vacant land that is not kept up can not only be an eyesore but can create hazardous conditions for residents. Their presence even may cause property values to increase.

Community gardens bring vacant land to life. They create a safe and beautiful place to gather for humans and beneficial plants, insects, and animals. 

Gardening knowledge:

Growing your own garden is a rewarding experience. However, it is hard to be successful without some knowledge. What time and amount to water, planting in full sun or shade healthy soil, nutrition, as well as pest control and beneficial insects, are but the many subjects you’ll need to know about.

When you are in a community garden, you’ll be in the company of people of different degrees of knowledge about gardening. You will never tire of talking about gardening.

Helping reduce crime:

Social ties are important to the wellbeing of people in a community since they can bring positive health effects and community involvement. Community gardens allow for the creation of social ties and build a greater feeling of community. These connections help reduce crime, empower residents and allow residents to feel safe in their neighborhoods. So community garden helps the safety of the community.

Gardens in urban areas are positively correlated with decreased crime rates. Vacant lands can lead to crime which can detrimentally impact the health of residents. The consequences of vacant lands are decreased property values, drug use, and the illegal dumping of litter, tires, and chemicals.

Finally, community gardens bring people together and may reduce crime rates in the neighborhood by increasing visibility and engaging citizens in positive initiatives.

Cleaning up the environment:

The plants naturally provide fresh air people breathe. While doing so they help to create clean air by eliminating pollutants from the air.

The plants also absorb rainwater, which means there’s less runoff on the streets. This is a result that fewer pollutants get washed into streams, rivers, and lakes.

Community gardeners also reduce waste overall. This is due to the fact that things like leaves and tree trimmings are able to be converted into powerful fertilizers. Environmental benefits also include the increase of pollinator plants that can improve conditions for bees and other endangered pollinators.

Plants also reduce the overall temperature compared to paved spaces, so these gardens are especially beneficial in urban areas. The environment of a community is improved by having an element of natural beauty so that rather than empty lots in some neighborhoods, the space between buildings can be filled with flowers or even food.

Stronger communities:

Sharing a community garden gives people a chance to connect with their neighbors. Gardeners also feel more personally invested in the places where they live, gaining a sense of ownership and community spirit.

Also, because they get people out of their apartments, where they can keep an eye on the street, community gardens can help reduce crime in the surrounding neighborhood.

Health and wellness:

Community gardens improve the availability of fresh and high-quality foods, which can help cut down on costs for food and increase the security of food for those who need it the most.

Studies have shown that those who cultivate their own food tend to increase their intake of fruits and vegetables and can improve their eating practices. Finally, gardening boosts physical activity, while also improving your mental health and relaxation.

Educational opportunities:

There are many educational opportunities in the community gardens. They’re an excellent space for people to get to know and interact with others who may come from different social, cultural as well as religious backgrounds.

Furthermore, getting together in the garden could be a good opportunity to discuss environmental issues and to lead a more healthy lifestyle.

The people can share the knowledge they’ve gained on developing better and more powerful products and also gain knowledge about the business world and working in a team.

Gardening in a community can be a great opportunity to teach children about the source of their food and to gain a fundamental introduction to the environment, work abilities, and basic business principles. It is also a great way to educate adults too.

Community gardens provide people with opportunities to connect with and understand neighbors with different backgrounds, which includes individuals of various age groups, races in addition to social strata.

raised garden beds with vegetables in community garden

Relieving stress and increasing wellness:

Modern life is stressful. Most people race from one activity or item on their to-do list to the next without reflecting on why they are doing what they are doing. Gardening is an invitation to slow down, connect with nature, and foster relationships with like-minded individuals.

It creates an opportunity for people to think about all of the other items on their to-do list and decide which ones are really important and meaningful.

Accordingly, a community garden is a place that helps people to relieve stress and increase their overall sense of wellness.

Preserves green space:

Maintaining and developing garden space is cheaper than other options. This is partly because gardens aren’t as big, and also because the majority of the cost comes from labor. Gardens for community use are an opportunity to escape the bustle and noise of urban areas, transforming empty space into a lively, green heart of a community.

Provides opportunities for connection:

 Community gardens offer unique opportunities to establish relationships within and across physical and social barriers, including:

  • Inter-generational exposure to cultural traditions
  • Cultural exchange with other gardeners
  • Access to non-English speaking communities

A recent study found that compared to residents living near barren areas, those closer to green common spaces, are more likely to use them and as a result more likely to interact with neighbors.

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