Gardening Grows Communities and Healthier Households
Gardens provide food, fun,
beautification...gardens are a way for communities to work together around common interests.
Using your common areas to create community gardens can be a project that engages your members and provide tangible rewards.
Creating specialty gardens for persons with disabilities can expand the participation of 'special need' tenants in your group's activities.
Creating gardening opportunities on your doorstep.
New Research On Community Gardening
Reveals the Roots of Emotional and Physical Health Science Daily June 20, 2011
Jill Litt, PhD, author and associate
professor at the University of Colorado School of Public Health and
University of Colorado Boulder has been studying neighborhoods and
health over the past decade. Litt 's research has shown that places
such as community gardens matter in terms of neighborhood quality and
people's health. "Community gardens may provide a way to enhance
neighborhood environments while also promoting health and well being
through economic, social and physical changes. Gardens yield fresh
food, bring 'nature' to urban areas, bridge ethnically, economically
and age diverse communities, promote neighborhood beauty, build
skills and knowledge of everyday life, strengthen community capacity
and one's sense of community, and promote active and healthy
lifestyles" said Litt.
read the summary article here journal article is here
Gardens Don't Reduce Crime...but they do improve community self
According to the study, while
anecdotal evidence has pointed to a reduction in crime surrounding
community gardens, this research did not support that premise or show
that the presence of a community garden can be used as a predictor
for the number of property crimes. But crime data accounted for only
one element of the study; input from residents showed another, more
hopeful outcome. The scientists found that people living in community
garden areas reported the gardens to be a positive influence on their
neighborhoods. Residents linked the presence of the gardens to
neighborhood revitalization and perceived immunity from crime, noting
changes such as the cessation of illegal activity, including dumping
and/or drug activity, increased property values, and increased
neighborhood redevelopment. Therefore, noted the researchers,
though the actual numbers of property crimes did not indicate a
difference, residents of the community garden areas perceived their
neighborhoods to be safer because of the gardens. More here original
study (read the abstract for free)
How do you get started?
Get permission to use space (6 hours of direct sun a day) and water.
Messenger reports that "The Carriage Hill Community Garden,
created in partnership with Community Food Initiatives, is in its
second growing season at Carriage Hill Apartments. Carriage Hill"
After a chance meeting in 2012 with one of CFI’s volunteers,
Carriage Hill Community Manager Bob Freund found out there was a need
for a new garden location on the southside of Athens. He offered a
location at Carriage Hill with sunshine all day, good soil and access
to water. In 2013, Carriage Hill and community residents snapped up
the 20 10x10 plots. Local children in the 4-H Extension also used
some of the plots for their gardening projects. They grew vegetables
in the plots and then sold them at the Athens Farmers Market."
Carriage Hill apartments is owned and managed by Wallick Communities.