Think that growing your own food isn’t possible because you live in an apartment or don’t have a yard?
Joining a community garden may be the perfect solution for you.
The community garden movement of North America started in the early 1900’s. Today there are over 18,000 community gardens in the USA and Canada and many around the world! From urban cities like New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles, to rural towns across the continent, community gardens serve as a place where millions of people have successfully grown their own food. But, it’s not just a matter of space. In fact, many people who have plenty of space at home still do some or all of their growing at a community garden! Community gardens are all about COMMUNITY. Gardeners love to socialize, to learn from each other, to share seeds and plants and to lend a hand. Community gardens serve as a hub for this.
For beginner gardeners, I highly recommend getting a plot in your community garden. Here’s why:
-You will have the support of veteran gardeners and can ask them for advice.
-You will have access to the resources you need including healthy soil, water, tools, and more.
-You can observe the other plots and see which foods grow really well and which are more difficult and better to wait until you are more skilled.
-You can share seeds and plants that are localized and do well in your region.
-You can coordinate with other people to take care of each others plot when you go out of town for the weekend.
-You can feel supported. When you are clueless and alone it is easy to give up. A community effort can keep you going and keep it fun!
-You can share your bounty with other gardeners. Maybe you were successful with tomatoes, but not your collards. You can trade!