What to Know About Community Gardening?

A community garden can be urban, suburban, or rural. It can grow flowers, vegetables—or community. It can be one community plot or many individual plots. It can be located at a school, hospital, or in a neighborhood.

What is the concept of a community garden?

Community gardens are plots of land, usually in urban areas, that are rented by individuals or groups for private gardens or are for the benefit of the people caring for the garden. Dig into these resources to learn about healthy, local food.

What steps need to be taken to start a community garden?

  1. Organize a meeting of interested people. Organize a group meeting and invite anyone you think might be interested.
  2. Form a planning committee.
  3. Identify your resources.
  4. Approach a sponsor.
  5. Choose a site.
  6. Prepare and develop the site.
  7. Plan for children.
  8. Organize the garden.

How many community gardens are there in the United States?

Of these, more than 30 percent, or about 1,800 community gardens, were started after 1991, reflecting the growing trend of interest. Today the number has been estimated as high as 10,000. Current and future measures to secure this land-use are changing that definition.

What are different types of community gardens?

  • Plot Gardens (divide into individual plots)
  • Cooperative Gardens (work as a team on one large garden)
  • Youth Gardens.
  • Entrepreneurial Market Gardens (sell produce)
  • Therapeutic Gardens.

Where did community gardens originate?

The first community gardens in the United States were vacant lot gardens started during the economic recession of the 1890s. Detroit was the first city in the United States to create an extensive municipally sponsored urban gardening program using vacant lots in the city.

What advice can you give them to make the soil good for the plants?

Improving Garden Soil

Adding organic matter in the form of compost and aged manure, or using mulch or growing cover crops (green manures), is the best way to prepare soil for planting. Adding chemical fertilizers will replenish only certain nutrients and do nothing for maintaining good, friable soil.

What meant by food security?

“Food security [is] a situation that exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life”.

How can your family and the community benefit from vegetable gardening?

A community gardening program can reduce food insecurity, improve dietary intake and strengthen family relationships.


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