Shared Urban Gardens Grow Food, Community

Urban community gardens include plants and vegetables (of course), rain barrels, benches, artwork, and more!

Urban community gardens include plants and vegetables (of course), rain barrels, benches, artwork, and more!

One of the best things happening in Chicago and other big cities is the spread of community gardens. Not only do these urban oases provide fresh food and contribute oxygen, but they are natural community builders as well. The planning, planting, weeding, and harvesting are some of the shared activities they provide for neighbors.

This afternoon I biked past this garden (photo right) in East Pilsen, one of dozens in the neighborhood where I work in Chicago. La Huerta Roots and Rays garden is one that I watched grow from day 1 since it is almost across the street from my office. In almost every case, volunteers grew the garden out of an empty lot, an eyesore, sometimes an industrial waste land. The result is a place where people of all ages and backgrounds can come together and learn and grow and share.

And eat!

Advertisements

One thought on “Shared Urban Gardens Grow Food, Community

  1. A fantastic report on a remarkable concept! I do believe community gardens are becoming more and more popular in cities both big and small. An excellent use of resources of all kinds, and the rewards, as you well note, go far beyond the edible fruits of their labors.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s