ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Community Gardens

Updated on March 26, 2011

What is a community garden?

Community gardens have long been a source of community spirit. From “Victory gardens” planted during wartime to help communities with rationing to modern urban gardens built to reduce crime, gardens have a way of bringing people together.

A community garden is just what it sounds like. It is a patch of land often granted by local government or sometimes a privet patch of land, all set aside for the purpose of building a garden for communal use. Often these gardens are run by local volunteers; sometimes they provide needed jobs for the community. Sometimes these gardens are run by local schools as a way for children to learn about where their food comes from and also provides an opportunity for children to learn about service, and sometimes they are run by churches.

Why have community gardens?

Community gardens are useful in so many ways. School gardens teach children how to grow food and about the value of farming. They learn responsibility as they care for their garden and the gardens foster a sense of pride in accomplishment. The garden can provide food for families that are struggling to provide food for their children outside of school lunches and can bring in revenue for the school through farmers markets.

Community gardens in cities provide many of the same benefits as school gardens. They help bring people together as a community and helps people to feel like there is a reason to care for their neighborhoods. These gardens can provide fresh produce to urban areas that might lack a grocery store or any other place for residence to go to get healthy produce. They can provide food for homeless shelters and disadvantaged families. Food banks that might struggle during the summer seasons because of lack of donations would benefit greatly from even one small garden. One small urban lot dedicated to produce can yield upwards of six hundred servings of vegetables a year with the hundreds of pounds of produce that can be grown in a forty by forty foot space.

Studies done across America have also shown that having gardens in urban areas actually reduces crime (theft in particular) rates by fostering a sense of pride in the neighborhood and giving youth a chance to socialize safely and in a learning environment. The effect of healthy, accessible food in a community can greatly increase living standards when combined with the reduced crime rates and the beauty of the gardens there. They also have been shown to increase property values in their area.

How to start or join a community garden

If you are interested in joining a community garden then the ACGA is a good site that can connect you with established gardens in your area and can also help you start your own garden. Community gardens often need help getting started; they require partitioning and commitment but the rewards are great. Some community gardens struggle to stay open and volunteering for these gardens is a great way to support your community growth.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)