Neighborhood Gardens for Sustainability
Neighborhood or community gardens are great as they bring friends and families working together on a sustainable food source for their community. These gardens can be used as a shared garden space for everyone in the community that wishes to participate; or, may have individual garden plots that are owned and maintained by individuals within the community.
How they are sustainable:
- Reduces energy consumption
- Reduces transportation and storage costs
- Saves water and fossil fuels
- Plants and trees provide shade and oxygen, as well as consume carbon dioxide
Each of these factors are extremely important in reducing pollution and minimizing the carbon footprint left by each individual.
Neighborhood Garden Benefits:
According to the American Community Garden Association (ACGA), neighborhood gardens have many benefits such as:
- Enhanced social interactions
- Improved quality of life
- Good exercise
- Reduces stress and improves mental health
- Healthier eating habits
- Grow your own organic and nutritional produce
- Neighborhood beautification
- Reduced crime
- Lower family food budgets
Interested in starting a local community garden? Click here and learn the basic steps in getting started!
For more information, or to find a community garden near you, visit the American Community Garden Association's website.