Create children's plots in the garden and encourage young people from the neighborhood to help. Consider promoting the young plots to area scout units, daycares, foster grandparent programs, and church groups in order to boost the number of people in the garden and reduce the length of time it is empty. Post signs near local schools informing them of your program and asking them to let their kids know about it. Contact your local extension service for more promotion ideas.
Community gardens have been shown to increase interest in science among youth, improve social skills, enhance self-esteem, and provide stress relief. In addition, they are useful tools in combating poverty and providing nutritious food for those in need.
If you're interested in learning more about how community gardening benefits our environment and helps to create healthier communities, check out these related articles: "Why Community Gardening?" and "The Benefits of Community Gardens."
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How to Involve Neighbors in Community Gardens
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Here are some ideas for teaching your children to garden or creating your own food garden.
Participating in a community garden allows neighbors to engage with one another on a one-on-one level. Furthermore, because more people are out and about in the community, crime rates may be reduced. Crime thrives far more easily when neighbors are cooped up in apartments rather than outside. Having said that, not all crimes can be prevented through community engagement-for example, crimes of opportunity such as vandalism and theft do occur but many other forms of crime cannot be predicted or prevented by neighborhood awareness campaigns or social gatherings.
To conclude, community gardens can have many positive effects on their community. They provide opportunities for interaction between neighbors which may lead to reduced crime rates. They also serve as sources of food and environmental care for families in need and neighborhoods lacking in these areas. Last, but not least, community gardens can help bring communities together by providing a shared space where they can come together and enjoy each others' company.