Community Gardening Offers Many Benefits

Community Gardening Offers Many Benefits

I consider gardening to be the perfect activity to spend hours completely immersed in solitude and the pleasure of being alone – just me and my plants. To be honest, I like these rare matters of peaceful happiness. It’s a wonderful break from the hustle and bustle that we all seem to get too caught up in these days.

However, there is another side of me that appreciates the opportunity to experience the joy of gardening with others even more. There is a certain excitement and energy in sharing such a wonderful activity. A public garden is the perfect way to get rid of garden itch. And I love it even more than communicating with each other as part of a common passion. Gardens bring out the best in people, and community gardens are a great place to bring it all together.

First, we learn a lot from others. Even as an experienced gardener, I always appreciate the contributions of others and, of course, I am constantly learning something new about this. On the other hand, what a pleasure it is to share wisdom with a novice gardener. I always enjoy the feeling of excitement from those whom I help improve their skills. And this is a great opportunity to start an ongoing dialogue with a new friend.

The best part about this is that public gardens provide an opportunity to get money back. from landscaping an rejected or derelict space to uniting a neighborhood or community and donating crops to a local food bank or shelter, for example, as part of the “Plan a Row for the Hungry” project.

There is a magnetic property that seems to attract people to the garden. Strangers become friends, and neighbors gather in a public garden. This often becomes a catalyst for stimulating social interaction and community development. The quality of life is improving, and neighborhoods are being improved. And what better way than to enhance a no-frills space while creating a place where people can be connected across intergenerational and multicultural boundaries.

But community gardens need more than the dedication and dedication of their caregivers. When it comes to providing equipment and financing small start-up and maintenance costs, individuals can get to work right away. It is also possible that city, state, or federal grants may be available to subsidize such a project. Even some businesses interested in gardening often provide grants to encourage gardening in the community.

Fiskars is one such example of a company. The Orange Thumb Project financing program was launched in 2003. The company helps community garden groups provide the tools and materials they need to achieve their goals, from landscaping to gardening training. In the project identified more than 100 community groups dealing with everything from gardening tools to seeds and plants.

Grants such as those from generous private and corporate donors allow groups of all ages and interests to participate, make friends and get their hands dirty in their schools and communities through landscaping and advocacy, all in the name of gardening!

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