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Everything You Need To Know About Joining A Community Garden

By Nicole Caldwell

Community gardens are great ways to enhance communities, meet your neighbors, get your hands dirty, and even to feed yourself and your family without taking on a backyard garden all by yourself. Whether you’re in the suburbs, city, or country, community gardens are popping up everywhere, including vacant lots, rooftops, and public parks. 

They often benefit food pantries, low-income families, schools, and private residences. Growing food so close to home reduces your carbon footprint, keeping produce traveling far fewer than the normal 1,500 miles (or, often, more) to get from farm to table.

Research also shows that community gardens encourage social bonds among neighbors, reduce crime rates, and offer spaces for socializing outside of the home. If you’re new to the concept of community gardens, here’s how to get started with one in your neighborhood.