What is a Community Garden?

A Community Garden is a piece of land gardened by a group of people. Community gardens provide access to fresh produce, fruits, plants and flowers as well as access to satisfying labor, neighborhood improvement, sense of community and connection to the environment. They are publicly functioning in terms of renter ship, access and management, in addition to typically owned in trust by local businesses, governments or nonprofit organizations.

Although the location of community gardens may vary they are typically found in higher density neighborhoods or residential housing developments. Such locations give access to land on which to grow that might not otherwise be available to those who wish to garden. The more convenient and visible a location is the more likely it is to be successful.

Gardens are typically self-governing although in some cases local government may be involved, especially in those cases where the city or county has provided the land on which the garden is developed. Members of community gardens are typically expected to participate in a few work days per season dedicated to general maintenance and upkeep of the common garden areas. In addition, members are highly encouraged to maintain their own allotment of land to standard agreed upon by the governing body. Of course there are rules, but the main objective is to meet your neighbors, learn some new skills and have fun!