A community garden may take many shapes and forms, but generally, it is a place where community members, neighbors and friends can grow food, flowers, and herbs. Gardens can be divided into plots for individuals and families to rent, or one large community plot tended by garden members.
Community gardens enable its members to:
- Grow fresh, nutritious food for community members and food banks
- Create opportunities for community members to work together
- Inspire intergenerational and cross-cultural connections
- Provide a new learning and gathering space for adults and families
- Connect to nature and cultivate environmental stewardship
- Use vacant and under-utilized spaces in a way that preserves green space
- Enrich neighborhood vibrancy and sense of identity
- Donate produce grown to food banks, homeless shelters, and other charitable organizations
For more information about community gardens in Shaker, visit our Community Gardens FAQ.