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 and plants 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, as well as typically owned in trust by local proprietorships, governments or nonprofits.
Community gardens encourage an urban community’s food security, allowing citizens to grow their own food or for others to donate what they have grown. The gardens also combat two forms of alienation that plague modern urban life, by bringing urban gardeners closer in touch with the source of their food, and by breaking down isolation by creating a social community. It has also been found that active communities experience less crime and vandalism
New Omaha Garden Park offers a space where residents can come together to grow food, community and a sense of place.
Community gardens are:
* Gathering places that strengthen social networks through cooperative gardening projects
* Sources of pride among residents
* Visible products of land stewardship.
Traditionally, community gardens involve individual spaces for which community members pay an annual rental fee, while all spaces throughout the garden are cared for cooperatively. It is important to understand that gardening in a community garden is much different than gardening at home. A community garden is a shared space, where gardeners need to be considerate of other people and their plants.
If you’re interested in gardening but don’t have the property or the space for a garden plot, then a community garden plot might be the answer for you!