Seeds for Change Gardens

Community Garden Program

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Benefits of Community Gardens


What we eat depends on the soil, air, water and natural miracles like photosynthesis and pollination. Community gardens facilitate the understanding of the connections between nature and what we eat, nurturing our bodies and our souls.  They provide a bounty of benefits. 
WHEN…
· you engage in gardening with your neighbours, you build a stronger community, learning to make communal decisions, solve problems and negotiate with one another
· children, parents and grandparents enjoy an activity together - they reap the knowledge of their elders, harvest youth’s strength and teach them all about the appreciation for the natural world and how to interact with others in a socially meaningful and physically productive way
· families of diverse cultural backgrounds experiment with different vegetables, exchange recipes and cultivate new flavours, experiences and friendships
· participants can increase their sense of ownership and stewardship, this fosters the development of community identity and spirit
· growing without chemical input, the community is trained to rely less on fossil fuels
· harvesting locally grown foods, instead of purchasing food that’s travelled long distances and has been packaged, stored, transported and distributed, green house gas emissions are reduced
· the community eats ripe produce, harvested that same day, nutritional values and flavours are optimized
· they plant, grow and harvest together, the community celebrates together, raising the “happiness quotient”


There are many incredible websites and resources that detail how to start/grow a community garden.

Here are some of our top picks:


The Community Garden Network

“How Does Our Garden Grow? A Guide to Community Garden Success” by Laura Berman and available through FoodShare Toronto.  A manual on starting and maintaining community gardens based on extensive review of existing community gardens within Ontario and includes a discussion on fundraising.

“How to Start a Community Garden” by The Toronto Community Food Animators – a toolkit that helps map community assets, identify needs and fundraise.  http://www.tcgn.ca/wiki/uploads/DonationsTradesSharing/CommunityGardenHandbook-2008.pdf

A great list of things to consider for community or school garden fundraising from a community garden network in Vermont.  http://www.burlingtongardens.org/Garden_%20fundraising.pdf