• Improves the quality of life for people in the garden • Provides a catalyst for neighborhood and community development • Stimulates Social Interaction • Encourages Self-Reliance • Produces Nutritious Food • Conserves Resources • Creates opportunity for recreation, exercise, therapy, and education • Reduces city heat from streets and parking lots
There are many community gardens and even a few farms right here in the five boroughs and now we challenge you to bring a little gardening into your own urban life, even if the only little bit of ground you tame is a window box of fresh herbs.
A pack of tomato seed costs about a dollar. Planting these can yield 20 tomatoes in one harvest. 4 vine-ripe tomatoes from your grocery store cost between $4 - $6. You can also use these tomatoes to make tomato sauce, paste, salsa or home-made ketchup. That's a lot of savings
If you grow your food organically, without pesticides and herbicides, you’ll spare the earth the burden of unnecessary air and water pollution. You’ll also reduce the use of fossil fuels and the resulting pollution that comes from the transport of fresh produce from all over the world (in planes and refrigerated trucks) to your supermarket.
Americans throw away about $600 worth of food each year! It's a lot easier to toss a moldy orange that you paid $0.50 for than a perfect red pepper that you patiently watched ripen over the course of several weeks. When it's "yours," you will be less likely to take it for granted and more likely to eat it (or preserve it) before it goes to waste.
According to a study posted by the Community Food Security Commission, "Urban gardens and farms produce surprising amounts of fruits, vegetables, fish, poultry, and meat. In a 130- day temperate growing season, a 10’x10’ meter plot can provide most of a 4-person household’s total yearly vegetable needs, including much of the household’s nutritional requirements for vitamins A, C, and B complex and iron."
The same report states that, "Community and residential gardening, as well as small-scale farming promote nutrition and free household income for non-garden foods and other needs. Approximately every $1 invested in a community garden plot yields $6 worth of vegetables. Cooperative buying partnerships with urban area farmers, called Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), maximizes food quality at stabilized prices. Household garden donations and farm gleaning projects increase emergency food providers’ access to their scarcest commodity, fresh fruits and vegetables. "