Efforts to conserve privately owned land reaps benefits that spill over property boundaries, positively impacting the non-paying public. An effective way to to utilize private land for public use is to implement community gardens.
Why Community Gardens?
- Local governments can promote community gardens as a valuable use of land on both public and private property.
- Represent commitment to the
community and neighboring cities.
- Promote the role of public health in improving quality of life.
- Offer a variety of resources and skill-building activities for participants.
- Contribute to the use of open space, vacant lots, and public parks.
- Empower residents to become more active in their communities.
- Create gathering places that bring people across all boundaries together.
- Can be used for educational purposes.
Community Gardens Result In:
- Food for individual consumption.
- Food for sale.
- Beautification of the community.
- Fight against obesity.
- Physical activity of participants.
- Increasing access to nutritious foods.
- Environmental and health education.
- Build a sense of community among neighbors.
- Abate criminal activity.
- Prevent trash accumulation and littering.
Through community garden initiatives, cities have:
- Enacted policies for water use.
- Improved access to fresh produce.
- Increased awareness of public health.
- Strengthened community building skills.
Want to learn more about growing food in the city? Our Landscape Specialist, Marie Macchiarolo is teaching a FREE class on May 10th at the Cambridge Public Library! Make sure to register today!