Community gardening improves people’s quality of life by providing a catalyst for neighborhood and community development, stimulating social interaction, encouraging self-reliance, beautifying neighborhoods, producing nutritious food, reducing family food budgets, conserving resources and creating opportunities for recreation, exercise, therapy and education. According to the American Community Gardening Association, a community garden offers a number of the following benefits:
· Studies have shown that community gardeners and their children eat healthier
diets than do non-gardening families.
· Eating locally produced food reduces asthma rates, because children are able
to consume manageable amounts of local pollen and develop immunities.
· Exposure to green space reduces stress and increases a sense of wellness
· Community gardens add beauty to the community and heighten people's awareness
and appreciation for living things.
· Community gardens filter rainwater, helping to keep lakes, rivers, and groundwater
· Community gardens restore oxygen to the air and help to reduce air pollution
· Community gardens provide a place to retreat from the noise and commotion of
· Scientific studies show that crime decreases in neighborhoods as the amount of
green space increases.
Located at 9900 Mission Road at the Meneilly Center for Mission, the Village Community Garden offers opportunities for individuals of all ages to participate in service work. Every growing season from March through October, the garden needs volunteers to plant, water, weed and harvest crops. All produce harvested from the garden is donated to the Village Food Pantry located on the same grounds as the garden.
If you are interested in getting your hands dirty, please contact:
Director of Mission