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Community Gardens

Flowers grow in flower gardens
Vegetables grow in vegetable gardens
And people grow in community gardens

Isn’t it time we embraced and developed community gardens?

There are approximately 10,000 community gardens in the United States and around 15 in New Zealand.
In cities overseas, community gardens provide an environment for sharing gardening tips and to bring people together to enjoy the fruits of the land.

Benefits of community gardens are:

  • Improves the quality of life for the people in the garden
  • Provides a catalyst for neighborhood and community development
  • Produces nutritious food
  • Reduces family food budgets
  • Conserves resources
  • Encourages self reliance
  • Creates opportunity for recreation, exercise and education

Your Comments1 comments

Steve Rickerby commented on 22-Feb-2012 10:25 PM
Yes... Completely agree.. 3 years ago I was working Saturday and Sunday nights at an insurance company in the city (to pay the bills while I started GreenWork landscaping and garden maintenance). We were based in a 5 green star rated building which meant
that we separated our organic waste from recycling and general waste (as well as many other green initiatives). At that time there was no collection service in Auckland for food waste - so I decided to come up with a solution. My first idea was a collection
service to local community gardens where the waste could be composted and used to grow food. I thought that our organisation (The insurance company) could use staff volunteer hours to work in the gardens - increasing staff engagement and helping grow food
for the community... I proposed the idea but I guess it was never really viable for many reasons... I never gave up on the idea though and since then have made it a reality in some degree - a food waste collection service branded 'We Compost'... It has been
an incredibly tough journey that I started with just a single customer - collecting one bin of coffee grinds per week on the back of my ute which I would take to Kelmarna Community Garden. Now, every Monday I am collecting over 1.5 Tonnes of food waste which
I take to Envirofert for composting... Got a very long way to go and who knows what may happen with council plans.. I have a backup plan though which incorporates compost sales and community gardens.. Could be ideal for the Berrysmith Foundation to get involved
with! All the best, Steve

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