With spring weather coming, it’s time to start thinking about gardening.
Community gardens are a great resource if you don’t have a garden available to you or you want to be a part of a gardening community. Gardening is not a “plant and leave” activity — ongoing care and attention is required to grow what you want and to do so in a healthy, safe way. Plus, gardening has been shown to improve both physical and mental health. Exposure to plants, green space and sunlight, alongside fairly rigorous physical activities like digging and raking, all improve health outcomes. Gardens have been used for various therapeutic purposes in different populations with positive results.
It’s estimated that 40% of food in the U.S. is never eaten, and each U.S. household wastes at least $1,500 in food each year — which doesn’t count the waste of the resources used to produce that food or get it to your home. By planting a garden at your home or in a community garden, you can save time, money and help the environment. Gardens are a great tool to bring the family together and get your hands in the dirt to experience nature.
Below are some opportunities to help you up your garden game. Use these resources and start planning your garden for the upcoming spring and summer.