Potential benefits of a community garden include:
Food Production= food security and education- Community gardens enable people to have food in a national crisis situation by teaching through example and encouragement.
Nutrition- Research indicates that community gardeners eat more fruits and vegetables than those who do not.
Exercise- Physical activity is required to participate in a garden.
Mental Health- Interacting with plants and nature itself helps reduce stress and increase the gardener’s sense of wellness and belonging.
Community- Fostering a sense of community identity and stewardship among gardeners, the park’s community garden space could provide a place for folks of diverse backgrounds to interact and share cultural traditions.
Environmental Benefits- Increase biodiversity, reduce runoff from rain, recycle local organic materials, and reduce fossil fuel consumption from long-distance food transport.
Learning- People of all ages can acquire and share skills related to gardening, cooking, nutrition, health, culture, local history, etc.
Youth Empowerment- Community gardens provide a place for youth to explore gardening, nature and community.
Lengthened Income- Produce grown at the community garden will help local folks offset their grocery bill.
Crime Prevention- It is proven that community gardens can help reduce crime.
Property Values- Gardens of all kinds increase the value of properties than without.
Publicity- As part of the Outreach Committee, our garden will be toured by local newspapers, radio stations and other gardening groups.
Above all, a community garden can provide a sense of satisfaction and health for all involved.