Community Gardens

A community garden can be a single piece of land cultivated and gardened collectively by a group of people, or it can be a series of individual/ plots that members of a community rent. Some community gardens grow fruits,vegetables and herbs and dedicate a portion to be sold at farmers markets to provide a revenue stream to purchase seeds, tools, insurance, mulch, or water.

The research shows that community gardens have several significant benefits for a community including:

  • Providing a catalyst for neighborhood and community development
  • Stimulating social interaction
  • Reducing family food budgets
  • Creating opportunities for recreation, exercise, therapy, and education
  • Reducing crime
  • Preserving green space
  • Creating income opportunities and economic development

Community gardens increase access to fruits and vegetables and if consumption is significant it will displace food choices that are high in sodium, saturated fat, and added sugars.

To read about exciting partnerships with communities working towards healthier eating strategies in our area, click on the link below:

Healthy Eating Community Partners

If you are interested in partnering with us to make community healthy eating changes, we would love to hear from you. Contact Countryside SHIP.

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