This season we do not have to look very far to find fresh fruits and vegetables. The tastiest options are often even closer than we think! Delicious, local produce is coming more and more from backyards and parkways where community gardens have started to spring up all over Boston. You may have walked by a community garden without even realizing it. This overview of community gardening may make you want not only to stop and smell the flowers, but maybe even to plant them yourself!
What is a community garden?
- A plot of land or group of soil beds that a community cares for together
Why become a gardener in your community?
- So that you can share in the fun of gardening (gardening is a great excuse to soak up the sunshine and get your hands dirty once in awhile)
- So that your family can enjoy the great fruit, vegetables, flowers, or even herbs that grow out of your community’s effort – for FREE or low cost
Where are the Boston’s community gardens?
- There are 200 community and school gardens across Boston – find one near you with the Boston Natural Areas Network’s (BNAN) map
- To tour community gardens in the South End, attend BNAN’s walking tour TOMORROW, June 15th
When should you begin with gardening if you are interested?
- If you are ready to become a gardener, learn the basics first through BNAN’s “Seed, Sow, and Grow” series of FREE workshops between now and November
- Read the tips and tricks of the trade on Boston.com’s gardening blog
- Then join a community gardening group or start your own garden by building a raised bed with this simple guide or plant an herb garden on your windowsill
How can you support community gardening without actually gardening?
- If you would rather support community gardens without getting your hands dirty for now, you can still buy local fruits and vegetables at a low cost with the great deals available from the following partners of community gardening:
- The Food Project – buy a weekly farm share of local produce to split with your family and friends through the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program
- Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness – if you qualify for SNAP, you can use your Boston Bounty Bucks to get a discount on the foods you buy at the farmer’s market
- City Sprouts – check out the school gardens that are blossoming in Boston and get the kids involved in thinking about how to bring the garden into the classroom
This summer, feel great about becoming a gardener or supporting your community’s efforts to bring local fruits and vegetables to every family’s table.