Growing a community garden has many benefits. It brings people together and stimulate positive social interaction; it beautifies neighborhoods, reduces crime and improves the environment and quality of life. If you would like to start a community garden in your area, these tips from the American Community Gardening Association should help:
1. Organize a meeting of interested people. Hang flyers in your area to attract other gardeners.
2. Form a planning committee to determine what type of garden to plant. Flowers or vegetables? Be sure to put your plan in writing.
3.Identify your resources. What skills do people have? Can you borrow tools? Where will you get the land for the garden?
4. Approach a sponsor. If you do not have all that you need or cannot get it through fundraising, you may need to find a sponsor. Local businesses, churches, schools, or parks and recreation departments are all possible sponsors.
So what are you waiting for? Let’s make this summer beautiful!