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What’s all this about “Community Gardening”?

April 30, 2011

Hill Street Community Garden, Hamilton, ON
The “sustainability” movement has become more popular and nowadays cities have started to fund community gardens.

I imagine as Mom & Pop look outside of their city window and notice that the once decrepit parking lot has suddenly become a series of raised garden beds. And soon enough there are people, chickens, ducks, lettuce, beans. They may ask themselves “What are those hippies doing out there?”

Well Mom & Pop, we are localizing our food system.

Yes, that’s right, community gardens offer urban folk the option to grow food with their own two hands.

It is amazing what can happen in a patch of unused landscape. Cities have seen crime rates diminish as once empty city spaces are now filled with happy, friendly people. The quality of life goes up as people get incorporated with the earth again and start to eat healthier food. Best of all, people have the choice on what food they would like to grow.

As many know, most of our food is part of the corporate market place. Its hard to find good, healthy, non-GMO food sources. Monsanto seeds is the #1 seed manufacturer in the USA and in Canada.

See, even the Ewoks are fighting for non-GMO in the forests of Endor.

For a minimal price of $30-65 per year you can receive your own small garden plot where you and your family can grow your own food. Its great for children as they learn the basics of where their food actually comes from. And the work can be split up amongst your family members.

This practice isn’t just for families. If you are an ambitious individual you can take care of your own garden plot. Or you can share with friends — making a day at the garden a fun, social experience.

Community School Project in Portland, OR

Take a look at this insightful journal by Earth’s Promise, a NGO working toward the improvement of Isreal’s urban environments.

To find out about the community gardens already in your area, visit your city’s environmental website, look around for fundraisers/events/seed shares or ask around your local farmer’s market. The information is floating in the air.

For more information on starting a community garden contact your city officials. They will be able to point you in the right direction.

One Comment leave one →
  1. idreamofeden permalink
    April 30, 2011 7:11 pm

    Yes, this is where I am at! In my opinion this “hippie” trend is a great way to be influenced. From a stay at home mother’s perspective , the education and health benefits of this priceless. And sustainability is needed. I can’t stand seeing my potentially perfect community garden in the back yard unused. How many households could be affected by one community garden?

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