Community Gardens Taking Root: What to consider when starting a garden
Community Gardens Map
Community gardens provide access to fresh produce, enhance a sense of community and connection to the environment and provide good exercise too!
Planting early this spring at Highland United Methodist Church’s Victory Garden.
What are community gardens?
Community gardens come in many shapes and sizes, and can be found in neigbhorhoods, churches, work places, schools, hospitals and other open places in urban, suburban and rural settings. They can be structured where gardeners tend to their individual garden plots, or they can be designed so that the garden members plant and harvest the entire garden together.
AHA supports community gardeners in Wake County with resources on how to start and maintain gardens and what to consider in the process. AHA has successfully advocated to changed zoning laws in Raleigh and Morrisville to enable residents there to have community gardens!
There are so many benefits to community gardening, including these of special interest to AHA:
- Grow fresh produce
- Improve nutrition and fitness
- Increase self-esteem, bolster confidence and encourage learning in children
- Provide positive work experiences for at-risk youth
- Promote healthier communities
- Promote community
- Reduce stress and crime
- Have fun!