Some statistics indicate that community gardens raise property values by raising the self-esteem of a community. Although studies can’t confirm a lowered crime rate, they have found that beautifying neighborhoods leads to a stronger sense of pride and protection among neighbors, with intrinsic benefits. Gardening Matters reports on the benefits of a community garden:
- Improves the quality of life for people in the garden
- Provides a catalyst for neighborhood and community development
- Stimulates social interaction
- Encourages self-reliance
- Beautifies neighborhoods
- Produces nutritious food
- Reduces family food budgets
- Conserves resources
- Creates opportunity for recreation, exercise, therapy, and education
- Reduces crime
- Preserves green space
- Creates income opportunities and economic development
- Reduces city heat from streets and parking lots
- Provides opportunities for intergenerational and cross-cultural connections
Urban gardens provide food for disadvantaged populations, work opportunities for homeless and unemployed individuals, beautification of urban streetscapes and healthy exercise opportunities for urban dwellers. For more details on how urban gardening impacts our carbon footprint, health, crime and the urban ecosystem, go to: www.gardeningmatters.org.
Learn what the New York guerrilla gardeners have accomplished.
Read more about the community efforts of a small sustainably minded county in Florida has achieved.
Here’s a BBC radio report on Richard Reynolds’ work on Guerrilla Gardening in the UK.
See the map of where seed bombs have been deployed, find out how you can get involved, and read more about Greenaid’s work.
Richard Reynolds provides a map of community gardens established in Rome.
Artist Tommy Wilson has founded Bomb the Blight in Memphis, splashing paint-filled seed bombs into blighted areas. His idea is to create paint splatters of beauty that eventually bloom into natural and sustainable visions of loveliness. He uses an air cannon to deploy paint/seed bombs across urban landscapes. Wilson has his sights on taking these horticulture wars national: “I want to launch a bomb in every state! By partnering with community groups, civic organizations and elements of government, we will schedule each ‘engagement’ (That sounds better than bombing, don't you think?) as a community event,” Wilson said on his website.
The American Community Gardening Association helps educate and motivate community gardening initiatives.
Read about providing habitats for native and migrating songbirds: “Early on Saturday, April 26, a team of volunteers installed 49 small birdhouses along the entire length of Hanover Avenue in the Fan District of Richmond, Virginia. They were built from untreated lumber and were specifically sized to provide a safe haven for some of Richmond's local songbirds, including wrens, bluebirds, and finches, from the unwelcome non-native species such as the starling and the European barn swallow.” – www.rvanews.com
Even the U.S. government has taken on the importance of community gardening. Watch this video of Michelle Obama talking about the new White House organic garden.
Is it legal? Common Garden laws and ordinances.