Cooperative Extension Fresno County
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Cooperative Extension Fresno County

Community Gardens

What Are the Benefits of Community Gardens?

Eating the recommended number of servings of fruits and vegetables is critical to our health, as it reduces the risk of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and some types of cancer. However, Americans are not eating nearly enough fruits and vegetables. Income is a factor. Residents of underserved urban neighborhoods often lack access to affordable, high-quality fruits and vegetables. As a result, they are less likely to eat the recommended number of servings.

Gardening is one strategy for improving much-needed access to fresh produce. But, many Los Angeles County residents live in apartments or in home where they do not have space for gardening. Community gardens provide space by repurposing vacant land.

Research suggests that community gardeners eat more servings of fruits and vegetables and a greater variety of vegetables than non-gardeners. Gardening is also good exercise, producing additional health benefits.

Other possible benefits exist, beyond the potential for improving the health of participants. Community gardens help to build new community relationships, beautify vacant or blighted land, and create open space for urban neighborhoods that lack green space.

Community Garden Toolkit

Click here to download a printable copy of
Community Garden Toolkit: Starting a Community Garden.

 
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From Plot to Plate Video




From Plot to Plate Video


Courtesy of Fresno Metro Ministries
Community Garden Coalition

Resources

Life Labs Community garden help

To help advocates work with local governments to adopt these types of policies, NPLAN, a project of ChangeLab Solutions, developed this policy package that includes model language that can be incorporated into local land use guidelines. We also recommend that you look at our model policies, which can help advocates work with local governments to create and sustain these important neighborhood resources

UCANR Publication on Community Gardens

Great Resource for starting a Community Garden. List types of community gardens and lots of pictures and step by step instructions

https://anrcatalog.ucanr.edu/pdf/8499.pdf

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