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Community Gardens

Poor nutrition is significant factor in chronic disease, especially in communities where fresh produce is often hard to find and/or too expensive. Community gardens are shared spaces where people can go to grow food. They help promote food security and healthy eating for people in the community by increasing physical and economic access to healthy food. Community gardens become meeting places and help build social connections. Community gardens are an important step in making healthy, local food accessible to all.

Key Facts

Community gardens:

  • Can make it easier to get and eat fresh vegetables and fruit.
  • Often donate fresh fruits and vegetables to those who are hungry.
  • Offer physical and mental health benefits.
  • Are places for people to meet, learn, be active, relax and have a sense of belonging.
  • Help build strong community pride and empowerment.
  • Contribute to community beautification and environmental preservation.

 

Fact Sheet – Community Gardens Matter for Health

Video: Let’s Grow a Community Garden Network

Visit the Community Assessments page to learn about the level of support for healthy local food policy in your municipality.

Initiatives

Community Garden Network Growth Session Proceedings Report, March 26, 2015

Appendices-Community Garden Network Growth Session Proceedings Report, March 26, 2015

Fresh for All

 

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