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5 Gardening Tips from the Knowledge Network

One of the best ways to improve physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of your employees and citizens is the development of community gardens.  According to this article from Designing Healthy Communities, community gardens have these 5 benefits:

  1. Increased community health and well-being
  2. Increased consumption of fruits and vegetables
  3. Increased environmental education
  4. Increased community cohesion
  5. Decreased stress.

They also provide impoverished communities access to affordable fruits and vegetables.

ICMA and the Knowledge Network have some resources that could help you harvest the benefits of community gardens.

  1. The first thing you need to ensure is that your gardens are not flooded when a storm hits.  This blog post outlines some stormwater management strategies.
  2. Another issue is locating a spot for a community garden. The community of Lenoir, North Carolina, used vacant properties to develop a community garden.
  3. The community of Germantown, Tennessee, took its community garden effort a step further: they developed a community farm!
  4. Coppell, Texas utilized volunteers for a major makeover of its community garden.  The sixty volunteers during the garden remake donated 650 hours to complete the project.
  5. ICMA Center for Sustainable Communities describes one garden that can reap all the benefits without growing anything: solar gardens.  This kind of garden can take advantage of all the benefits of community gardens while also reducing energy costs.

Does your community have a community garden? Tell us about it, and about thebenefits to your community.

Douglas Shontz

Knowledge Network Intern