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Do you want to start a community garden? If you live in an urban area you may not have space to plant a garden at home. The high cost of groceries or a lack of nutritious produce in your area may have you wondering how to provide healthy meals for your family. Starting a community garden with other like-minded people might be the answer you’re looking for!
Benefits of Community Gardens
Community gardens are a great way to raise healthy food for your family. Other benefits may include:
- Increase self-reliance
- Learn gardening skills
- Get to know your community
- Beautify your neighborhood
- Grow food for a local pantry
- Get fresh air and exercise
Before you start a new community garden, read up on How to Join a Community Garden. Joining an existing community garden is much easier than starting a new one. If there isn’t one nearby, you may be able to join forces with other folks to create a new one. Here are the steps to start a community garden in your neighborhood.
- Connect with ‘would be’ community gardeners
- Form a committee and organize plans
- Scout out potential garden spaces
- Start a website or newsletter to organize members, work days, etc
- Break ground on the community garden
- Keep the momentum going!
Make Connections With ‘Would Be’ Community Gardeners
Check with community centers, libraries, and city officials to see if there are other people in the community who are interested in starting a community garden. A local food group or Craigslist may be another source of potential members. Is there a local garden club or botanical garden where you might find like-minded people? Perhaps there is already a movement to start a garden in the area.