Why Community Gardens?

Community Gardens provide families and neighborhoods with fresh, local, organic foods - and help build community!
Community gardens are places where people grow food together for their own consumption, or to donate to others. They can be educational helping to teach adults or students about nature and growing food. Some gardens simply provide a venue for sharing the love of gardening, growing, and harvesting. What all these
gardens have in common is that they are a catalyst that brings people together working toward a common purpose. In Redwood City, we call that community building.
Food grown in community gardens can be sustainable and have minimal environmental impacts.  Community gardens can use concepts of organic production, agro-ecology, inter-cropping and crop rotation to create a diverse, dynamic system that can protect itself from weeds and pests, does not require fertilizer, and can be managed and maintained entirely by hand. 
And because the food you grow is eaten right in your own home or neighborhood, the carbon footprint of community gardens is close to zero!  To learn more about the environmentally sustainable practices possible in a community garden, click here.
Also, by growing food locally we have greater control over our diets and can ensure that healthier, fresher foods are being consumed.  Community gardens have untold additional benefits.  Young and old can work together,
build community, decrease crime, increase pride, and enjoy the recreational and psychological benefits of being outside and growing their own food. 
Building a community of people with an understanding of our dependence on the land and the food we eat is building a community of strong environmental stewards. To learn more about these social benefits of community gardening, click here.

Take a look at the links on the left of this page for more information about how you and your neighbors can build community together by starting a community garden!