Not everyone who is passionate about or interested in growing their own food is always going to have the opportunity to do so. Community and shared garden spaces however, are a great way for those of lesser means to try growing on their own.
One nonprofit community resources center in Madison Heights, Virginia has been helping people in their community harvest a lot more than food.
Back in 2010 they started the garden project at the center and through that project they're now sowing companionship among those in the community, teaching about the importance of growing your own food, and fueling an appreciation for food and growing; bringing happiness to many.
Over the years, in their garden they've grown:
- green beans
Community garden projects like this offer a great way for people to get to know those who live around them, to meet other people who might have valuable knowledge to share about growing. They are also a fantastic solution for those who don't have the space they desire to start growing.
Previous research that's looked at the impact of community gardens on things like vegetable intake and family relationships, have found that through these projects vegetable intake has drastically increased with participants. In other words, when they take part in the growing process, they might be more likely to consume more vegetables and fruits. As well, researchers have also reported seeing mental health benefits, physical benefits, and stronger family relationships, as a result of gardening.
Other studies have echoed the same message, that gardening might be vastly beneficial to our health in many ways.
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