Community Gardens

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COMMUNITY GARDENS:
GOOD REGIONAL INVESTMENT
Daniel P. Olivas
Webster University

Abstract The concept of gathering people together in an outdoor space in order to collectively work towards the common goal of planting and harvesting produce can be traced in the US to the late 19th century. Community gardens still exist in the US today with the same goal as before, but the objectives that are witnessed in contemporary community gardens have grown to include goals such as training youth in agriculture and nutrition to serving as an important part of people’s health and wellness lifestyles. Several reasons will be listed in this paper that explain the growing and renewed popularity of community gardens which further include economic and medical benefits, as well as individual contribution to the community. This movement in community garden growth is reflected as most movements are in the US’ current political environment. Our current presidential administration sees the First Lady, Michelle Obama, actively promoting health consciousness in particular among youth while making a strong case on the benefits to be reaped from community gardens. On a different note, our recent national economic environment makes a reasonable argument for supporting cost-saving, and even income-generating, ideas such as community gardening.

Introduction El Paso County’s most recent addition to its collective gardening community was a unveiled less than a year ago. The Fit-To Grow community garden at Ascarate Park joined the growing number of gardens not only in the southwest region, but indeed worldwide. The motivations for such diverse communities to organize gardens are growing though they are generally the same motivations that propel a community in the western hemisphere, as they do in the east. This case study explores the purposes for gardens using…...

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