From Rick at First Existentialist Church:
At First E Church, we are starting a Community Garden with plots available for rental immediately! Please contact Rick if you are interested. Memberships are $15 for students, $25 for individuals, $50 for families, $125 for contributing / business, $250 for supporting / business, and $500 for patron / business.
What Is A Community Garden?
A community garden is any patch of land that is worked on by a group of volunteers in a community. They’re often used to grow fruits and vegetables, but some community gardens also consist solely of flowers and retreat spaces.
Why start a Community Garden
Community gardens are designed to improve a community. The concept of community gardens developed long before the Victory Gardens of World War II, the oldest know in the United States is about 250 years old in Winston-Salem, NC. Today's gardens encompass a wide range of purposes. They include not only gardens where people grow food together for their own consumption, but also donation gardens combating hunger, educational gardens teaching adults or school children, market gardens supplementing incomes, and gardens providing mental or physical therapy. Some simply provide a venue for sharing the love of gardening. What all these gardens have in common is that they are the catalyst that brings people together working toward a common purpose.
Many families living in the city would like to grow some of their own fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Some want to save money on their food bills. Others like the freshness, flavor and wholesomeness of home-grown produce. And for many, gardening is a relaxing way to exercise and enjoy being out-of-doors. There are also families from other cultures who would like to grow traditional foods not available in the supermarket.
Community gardens beautify neighborhoods and help bring neighbors closer together. They have been proven as tools to reduce neighborhood crime--particularly when vacant, blighted lots are targeted for garden development. Community gardens provide safe, recreational green space in urban areas with little or no park land, and can contribute greatly to keeping urban air clean.
Those who are lucky enough to have sunny backyards or balconies can plant a garden whenever they have the time and energy. But what about those who do not have a place to garden? For these people, community gardens may be the answer.
Many people enjoy working with the soil and coaxing seeds into healthy, productive plants. Gardening offers physical and mental health benefits as well.
In recent years, people across the United States and around the world have banded together to create community gardens. These grassroots enterprises give groups of people the chance to garden. Community gardens have lots of benefits: They've been shown to reduce crime, foster relationships, provide low-cost food and benefit psychological health. They also set aside much-needed green space and encourage physical activity.
Benefits of A Community Garden- Having a public garden in your community offers tons of benefits.
§ Community gardens beautify the area, especially if abandoned lots are used. They can transform ugly, nondescript patches of land into beautiful, interesting spaces.
§ Community gardens provide food for residents, or the local food bank if the group decides to donate the harvest.
§ If the food is kept, then volunteers have to spend less money on food; they get homegrown, nutritious fruit and vegetables for their labors.
§ Community gardens teach people how to be more self-reliant. For children especially, they can be a wonderful learning experience, and enable everyone to reconnect with nature on a very personal level.
§ Community gardens enhance a neighborhood’s spirit and social interaction.