You’ve been thinking about starting a community garden for a while now, but you haven’t for some reason. Perhaps you’re busy and you think that you wouldn’t have time. Maybe you just moved to a new neighborhood and you’re not that sure about your neighbors yet. Whatever the reason, forget about it and start a community garden.
You’re Doing Something Good For The Community
Community gardens do a number of good things for your neighborhood. They foster a sense of belonging among the people in your community, they feed hungry people, and they can also bring property values up. Community gardens have also proven to help out local businesses and they even reduce crime! You’ll get to know the people that live in your neighborhood and you’ll develop lifelong relationships with them.
You Know What’s In Your Food
If you’re reading this blog, then you already know the dangers of processed foods, so I will not get into too much detail here. Labels on foods can be misleading, and they often are. The only way to be one hundred percent positive about what is going into your food, is to grow it yourself. As we all know, food fresh from the garden is so much better than food you get from the produce aisle at the grocery store.
Conservation Of Resources
If you weren’t already aware, the food industry uses a lot of natural resources with factory farms, packaging, and transportation of food across the country. This is one of the reasons that you should buy food as locally as possible. A community garden cuts back on the amount of resources that are normally used. Imagine if every neighborhood had a community garden. Can you see how much less people would need to rely on food that is grown and transported across the country?
It’s Good Exercise
Community gardens are also good for more selfish reasons. Those of us who’ve worked on our own gardens know that it’s very hard work, which translates into about 150 calories burned for each hour session spent in the garden. Add that to all the nutrients that you’re getting by eating fresh vegetables from your garden and that makes for a pretty beneficial lifestyle. It’s a win-win situation.
I don’t know if you’ve ever stopped and thought about all the money that you spend during each trip to the store, but it really adds up over time. You can save a lot of money just by growing your own food. Growing your own garden can also be quite an investment in gardening tools, soil, plants, etc. A community garden allows you to share the costs and labor with your neighbors, and you get nothing but benefits in return. This is not to say that you shouldn’t start your own garden, but a community garden is great for those of us who do not have enough time to devote to a garden of our own.
There’s no reason not to start a community garden. You’re sharing the responsibility with other people, you’re beautifying your neighborhood and you also get to eat lots of delicious, fresh vegetables! There’s nothing really holding you back, right? So, go out and do it!
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