Community gardens are popping up everywhere all over town; transforming vacant and abandoned lots into beautiful and productive gardens. If you haven’t heard of them yet, you’re not alone. Even though these gardens are literally popping up in our own back yards, little is known about these really awesome and innovative ideas.
Some community gardens are products of city or community projects. However, most community gardens are the result of every day citizens and community groups, banning together, and constructing beautiful gardens.
They come in all shapes, sizes and even purposes. Some gardens are focused on sustainability while others concentrate on organics. Some even focus on serving the community and bettering the lives of their neighbors by providing childcare and fresh produce for the community. Whatever their emphasis, community gardens make our communities better
Think about the possibilities community gardens create. They provide access to fresh and health foods. They bring the community closer together and allow them to share seeds, techniques and ideas. Just the act alone, of transforming empty lots into amazing gardens, goes a long way toward bettering the community. But, community gardens go far beyond that. The gardens serve as an education for gardeners of all ages. They allow us to understand where our food comes from and illuminate the dangers of mass produced and genetically engineered, commercial produce.
I’ve been a San Diego resident all my life and I have seen the community ban together and pass some pretty frustrating legislation in the past. Its time we ban together and really start doing some positive things like creating community gardens of our own.
If you’re interested in bettering your world one community at a time, rent a plot or volunteer at a garden near you.
The city of San Diego makes creating our own community gardens easy. Here is a link to the application: