Sometimes, we at Alaris like to write articles of general interest that does not directly affect buying and selling homes. We have a growing interest in building communities. Toward that end, we wanted to tell you about the concept of community gardens. With most fruits and vegetables traveling hundreds, sometimes thousands of miles, before arriving on your plate, it may make better sense to grow your own. Gardening season is upon us, but not all gardeners have the benefits of a large, sunny yard or plot of land. Yet, even those who have a plot of land may not have the confidence to jump in. Community gardening offers neighbors the chance to share both gardening land and gardening knowledge.
Think about joining a community garden as a way to meet your neighbors and form stronger neighborhood bonds. A garden creates a green space within a community, provides local organic fruits and veggies, promotes exercise, and helps with youth outreach. Exposure to the outdoors has proven to reduce stress and increase a sense of wellbeing. Aside from these facts, there is nothing more satisfying than eating food that you have personally grown.
If there is no community garden in your neighborhood, you can approach your local school, community center, place of worship, or other gathering places to develop a partnership. Also, Slow Foods works with neighborhood schools to fund community gardens. This means that funds are available to help you get started. If you would like to find out whether a community garden is close to you, check out: www.dug.org, www.communitygarden.org, or call 303-922-9900. And, as always, you can always call me – I’m happy to help you in way I can.
Daniel J. Beckerle
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