5 Beautiful Benefits of Community Gardens
There’s something incredibly satisfying about cultivating your own plants in a home garden. This is especially true if we spend most of our waking hours being sedentary at a desk. Spending time outside in the fresh air and working with our hands is a welcome change of pace.
There’s no doubt that outdoor gardening is hard work. It requires planning as well as physical exertion. It more than pays off, however, when we harvest fresh, juicy lettuce and tomatoes that taste more exquisite than anything we could buy at a supermarket.
Unfortunately many city dwellers don’t have the luxury of an outdoor garden. This is where Indoor Gardens come to the forefront. It’s now easier than ever to grow the healthiest greens, fresh food and flowers all year round from the comfort of your home.
Many apartment dwellers have discovered a way to enjoy the delights of indoor gardening from home while still enjoying the benefits of outdoor gardening. How is this possible? It’s all thanks to community gardens.
What are community gardens?
Community gardens are shared plots of land where people join forces to grow fresh flowers and vegetables. These gardens transform unsightly, unused spaces into green, productive plots of land.
What are the benefits of community gardens?
1. Increased access to fresh, nutritious foods
It can be surprisingly difficult to find fresh food, especially amidst food safety concerns. How much can we trust supermarket produce? Community gardens allow multiple groups of people to grow fresh food outdoors, free from pesticides.
2. Increased physical activity through gardening
Maintaining an outdoor garden is great exercise. You burn calories and your body releases chemicals called endorphins which brighten your mood.
3. Decreased crime rates
Research suggests that gardens in urban areas are positively correlated with decreased crime rates.
4. Promotion of new skills
Urban agriculture can teach residents valuable skills in planning and food production. This can lead to healthy habits and a greater appreciation for growing food locally.
5. Reduced neighborhood waste through composting
Further research suggests that community gardens reduce neighborhood waste. Certain types of food waste can be turned into compost to feed and nourish soil.
There are so many benefits to community gardens, the list could go on almost endlessly. As we see an increased interest in nutrition and food science, community gardens take on even greater significance. We’re thankful for the positive impact they have on our health and society as a whole.
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