Community Gardening: The Plot Against Hunger
What if you could grow more than 3 tons of organic produce, flowers and herbs annually for an entire community on less than an acre of land? Sound impossible? There are community gardens all over the country doing just that. Often called the ‘new’ green space, community gardens have been around for hundreds of years, and they benefit the volunteers who work in them as much as the people they feed.
Not only do community gardens draw people to together from various backgrounds regarding their age, race, culture and social class, they also grow more than food – the involvement in social community usually leads to long term relationships among people that might not ordinarily ‘network.’ The seeds of change are planted in the ground, but also through fostering new generations of mindful individuals. Like the guerilla gardener, Ron Finley of LA says, “if children plant kale, they eat kale.”
I recently spent an entire Saturday afternoon at one of my local community gardens, one of a dozen or more scattered throughout the city proper and one of literally a hundred or more spread throughout nearby suburbs. In the United States, there are currently over 18,000 community gardens, and the number is growing.