Sharing the love with community gardening – Mother Earth News

Do you want to grow your own food but are plagued with a shady yard, or even no sunny windows in a fifteen story building? Now is a great time to start investigating community gardens in your area, so you can be sure to get on the waitlist or avoid any missed early bird opportunities. Plus, if there are no community gardens available to you, you may have plenty of time to start one!

An added benefit, beyond the satisfaction of growing your own food and the health benefits of working outdoors and eating freshly harvested fruits and vegetables, is the “community” aspect of this type of gardening. . For novice gardeners, this is especially helpful, as there’s no better gardening reference than having your questions answered with experienced growers in your own corner of the country. For those of you who have spent several seasons planting seeds in the ground and reaping the rewards of your labor, sharing your skills with an avid listener and learner can be pleasantly addictive. What best friends could you ask for than those who also think weeding carrots is their idea of ​​a good Friday night time?

You can locate a community garden near you by searching the American Community Gardening Association.

If you can’t find a shared garden space but want to start one, try these helpful guides to starting a community garden.


Jennifer Kongis the editor of NEWS FROM MOTHER EARTH magazine. When she’s not working at the magazine, she’s probably working in her garden, on the local running trails, or in her kitchen instead. You can find Jennifer on Twitteror Google+.