Community Gardens

Community gardens are places where people come together to grow a variety of vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers. Community gardens are run by churches, neighborhood associations, non-profit organizations, community agencies, clubs, private landowners, municipalities… just about anyone.

A small Aquaponics systems can produce 30-40,000 leafy plants (lettuce, kale, swiss chard) and up to 2,000 pounds of tilapia per year.

Urban Farming

  • Increases Food Security. Food security is having access to and being able to afford nutritious, safe food—and enough of it.
  • Creates a Sense of Belonging.
  • Produces Healthy Food You Can Respect.
  • Provides a Learning Opportunity.
  • Makes Efficient Use of Land.

Rooftop Gardens

  • Provide diverse habitats
  • Retain and manage stormwater
  • Improve air quality
  • Insulate against heat and cold
  • Increase the life expectancy of the roof
  • Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect control

Urban Beekeeping

Bees from urban hives allow city dwellers to generate their own food without land or dirt, and the bees aid local fruit production by pollinating trees. It's also possible that urban bee colonies, exposed to fewer pesticides, may be resilient genetic reservoirs that could help worldwide bee populations recover from parasites and the little-understood colony collapse disorder.

Benefits of Urban Chicken Coops

  • Fresh Eggs
  • Organic & Non-GMO
  • Greater Nutrition
  • Cruelty Free
  • Educational Value
  • Free Fertilizer
  • Pest Control

Vertical Gardens

A vertical garden is a garden that grows upward (vertically) using a trellis or other support system, rather than on the ground (horizontally). Anything grown on a trellis or even a fence is technically part of a vertical garden. Vertical gardens can also be used to grow flowers and even vegetables.

Hydroponics

Hydroponics is a method of growing plants in a water based, nutrient rich solution. Hydroponics does not use soil, instead the root system is supported using an inert medium such as perlite or peat moss. The basic premise behind hydroponics is to allow the plants roots to come in direct contact with the nutrient solution, while also having access to oxygen, which is essential for proper growth.

Sustainability

Sustainability is the process of maintaining change in a balanced environment, in which the exploitation of resources, the direction of investments, the orientation of technological development and institutional change are all in harmony and enhance both current and future potential to meet human needs and aspirations. An important facet of sustainability is the community garden which provides a link to issues of health, education, community development and food security.

Community Gardens

Community gardens contribute to a healthy lifestyle by:

  • providing fresh, safe, affordable herbs, fruits and vegetables
  • helping to relieve stress and increase sense of wellness
  • getting people active, which improves overall physical health
  • providing social opportunities that build a sense of community and belonging
  • giving people an opportunity to learn and share knowledge on gardening, nature, and cooking

Community gardens benefit the community as they help:

  • build welcoming, safer communities
  • improve the look of neighbourhoods
  • reduce pollution by sequestering carbon and reducing the shipping of food over long distances
  • support pollinator habitats that are necessary for community well-being
  • reduce food insecurity
  • connect people to nature
  • educate people on where food comes from and provide opportunity for people, especially in urban spaces, to engage with their food system
  • provide an inclusive meeting area where people of all ages and cultural backgrounds can come together to share experiences and knowledge

The Sustainability Resource Center has a number of community garden projects in development - check back here for details.

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