With rising fuel and food prices, many people are turning to growing some of their food. However, people in urban areas or without access to land face challenges to growing their own. Community gardening is a way for these groups of people to cultivate a garden and become more closely involved with their local community. Community gardens are vibrant parts of many urban, suburban, and rural areas.
A new book underscores the successes of many community gardens and gives guidelines on how to participate and start one in your area. Community Gardening, by Ellen Kirby and Elizabeth Peters (Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, 2008; $10), is the latest of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden guides. It features hands-on tips, including information on soils, water conservation, and plant selection. For community organizers, this book offers practical advice for starting a community garden and using it to build cohesion in a neighborhood. It profiles successful programs around the country and has a resource section for more information.
To find out more about this new book, go to: Brooklyn Botanic Garden.