10 Reasons to Join a Community Garden

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December 9, 2009

1. Jump-starts community development. All those green-oriented people in one place can lead to important improvements in your neighborhood.

2. Creates social bonds. Students in your school's garden are talking gardening—they'll make friends, and learn from others outside your school's faculty.

3. Encourages self-reliance.

4. Beautifies neighborhoods.

5. Conserves resources by reducing the amount of energy it takes to transport food.

6. Produces nutritious foods—especially if you're growing organic fruits and veggies. One EU study revealed that organic produce has up to 40% more disease-fighting antioxidants than conventionally grown produce.

7. Great exercise. You can burn 150 calories during a 30-45 minute gardening session.

8. Forges intergenerational and cross-cultural connections. There's no stereotypical gardener; many community gardens attract a cross-section of the communities they serve, regardless of age, nationality, and knowledge.

9. Improves quality of life, especially for gardeners who lack access to peaceful outdoor space.

10. Saves money!

If your school doesn't have the space, or the desire, to create its own community garden, encourage students (as well as yourself) to find a community garden in your area over the summer break. It's a great way to connect with others in your area!


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