Since I have just torn up my whole yard to hopefully get rid of the bamboo- I was thinking I should plant a garden instead. Unfortunately where the yard is torn up- is very shady and not a great planting ground for a garden.
A few of us at our HOA association would love to take some of the ‘greenbelt’ area and make a community garden. That is not going to happen with our current board members, but if you love to garden or want to learn to garden, grow your own food you might consider joining a community garden.
Community Gardens promote 1.) healthy eating 2.) food security 3.) sustainable and effective use of space 4.) community togetherness 5.) recreational opportunities 6.) community education.
Find a Community Garden
- The American Community Garden Association (ACGA) lists community gardens in your area, offers information on how to start a community garden
- Urban GardenShare Matches homeowners to gardeners. If you have a patch of brown and you want a gardener- sign up for this great service.
Local State Community Garden Resources
- CT Community Gardening– Connecticut
- Berkeley Community Garden– (CA) committed to organic agriculture access and healthy food for all residents of Berkeley
- Growing Gardens (Colorado) – manages 7 community gardens in Boulder and Louisville
- Oakhurst Community Garden– (GA) engages families by organized programs and events that create skills in sustainable living.
- Atlanta Community Food Bank (GA)
- Gardening the Community in Springfield Mass- is a youth centered agriculture program in which organic fruites and vegetables are grown on abandoned lots.
- Community Garden Coaliation– Missouri
- Oasis NYC– Online resources about urban Gardens, with all sorts of organizations in NY
- Vermont Community Garden Network-
- DC Urban Gardeners offers “resources and networking for a greener Washington D.C.
To Grow Your Own
- Urban Gardening Help– easy instructions on how to urban garden
- Urban Garden Casual – Cool tips for gardening in small spaces