Our Top 11 Reasons to Love Community Gardens
...and to support community gardening in Austin!
A community garden is a piece of land, either public or private, that is collaboratively managed by a group of people who use it to grow food for themselves or others. Most community gardens divide the space into individual “plots” managed by garden members, though many instead garden the entire area collectively and share or donate the harvest. In Austin, there are currently 53 community gardens on public (city, county, and state) as well as private (congregation, school, private residential) land. The largest and oldest garden, Sunshine Community Garden, is four acres with 150 individual plots, serving more than 200 gardeners. Tour a few community gardens and you’ll find that each one has a distinct organizational structure and personality. Every garden brings enormous benefits to its participants. So what's to love about community gardens? Read on and find out our top 11 reasons why we love community gardens.
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