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Monday, May 2, 2016

The Benefits of Being Involved in a Community Garden

By Antonio Alba Meraz — Extension Educator

Does your community offer a community garden program? A community garden is defined by the City of Minneapolis as land used by a group of people to grow food or ornamental plants for personal use or consumption, or for donation.

According to Gardeners in Community Development, community gardens offer many benefits to participants and the entire community, including:
  • Provide fresh, nutritious, and delicious locally grown foods.
  • Reduce monthly food bills for users.
  • Help maintain good physical and mental health and may prevent long-term health issues for participants.
  • Give people a chance to be in contact with nature.
  • Bring together people from a wide variety of backgrounds who share a love of gardening.
  • Provide opportunities for adults and youth to learn skills, including leadership skills.
  • Help prevent crime by increasing eyes on the street. 

To find the right community garden for you:

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