community gardens / guerilla gardening

“A community garden… is any piece of land gardened by a group of people.

We at the ACGA have a broad definition of what a community garden entails. It can be urban, suburban, or rural. It can grow flowers, vegetables or community. It can be one community plot, or can be many individual plots. It can be at a school, hospital, or in a neighborhood. It can also be a series of plots dedicated to “urban agriculture” where the produce is grown for a market.

Benefits of Community Gardens:

  • Improves the quality of life for people in the garden
  • Provides a catalyst for neighborhood and community development
  • Stimulates Social Interaction
  • Encourages Self-Reliance
  • Beautifies Neighborhoods
  • Produces Nutritious Food
  • Reduces Family Food Budgets
  • Conserves Resources
  • Creates opportunity for recreation, exercise, therapy, and education
  • Reduces Crime
  • Preserves Green Space
  • Creates income opportunities and economic development
  • Reduces city heat from streets and parking lots
  • Provides opportunities for intergenerational and cross-cultural connections

ever since i got put on to that tedtalk by ron finley around guerilla gardening (see older post or check his site – i’ve been developing a whole new respect for manman’s work back home.

it’s a shame that it took a stranger to make me look at something so close to home in a new light. but isn’t that always the way…

anyways, click through the pic for the source of the quoted piece above.

another interesting link from this side of the pond is…

it features projects from around the world through their troop digs section and even ways to get involved or enlist support for your own guerilla missions. the design of the site leaves a lot to be desired. but their impact is dope.

there will definitely be some actions taken this spring.
photos will also be taken.



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