Community Gardens

The image of a house with a vegetable garden in the yard is an iconic part of American culture. Many gardeners look forward to receiving their vegetable seed catalog in the mail during the winter, and start their plants indoors in seed pots. Other gardeners, however, live in apartments or townhouses and have no opportunity for creating their own vegetable garden in the yard. These residents can still enjoy growing their own fruits and vegetables in community gardens.

A community garden can be as simple as a vacant lot that a group of gardeners divide into individual plots or it can be a larger tract with utility buildings, farm vehicles and utilities. These gardens can be owned by a non-profit group or a municipality and can be leased to individual gardeners, who share maintenance responsibilities. Community gardens can be found at schools, hospitals, or parks and are located in both urban and suburban municipalities.

Advantages

The development of a community garden program can provide the following benefits:

Issues to be considered

The following issues need to be considered when creating a community garden:

Implementation

Community GardensThe following steps outline the general process of starting a community garden:

Examples

Related References

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Landscapes2 Relevance

Landscapes2, the 2009 Chester County Comprehensive Plan, endorses agricultural activities such as community gardens, small specialized farms and nurseries, farmers markets and community supported agriculture as ways of providing county residents with fresh locally-grown food. One of the Energy Conservation policies of Landscapes2 is to encourage local fresh food production and the expansion of local market opportunities to reduce agricultural transportation energy costs and consumption.