Nurturing Community Gardens

By National Gardening Association Editors

For the many people who want to garden, but don't have a place of their own on which to plant, community gardens are a great solution. If you're interested in starting a community garden in your area, or in encouraging the success and longevity of an existing garden, the American Community Garden Association is an excellent resource. This non-profit organization, dedicated to enhancing community gardening and green spaces across the United States and Canada, works to promote and support all aspects of community food and ornamental gardening, along with urban forestry and the preservation of open space.

Their website is loaded with information on starting and maintaining a community garden program. There is a community garden database you can search to find a program near you, information on events and training workshops, an on-line store with publications related to community, urban and kid's gardening, and an action section with advice on how you can promote community gardening in general and protect the continuation of existing gardens.

Atlanta, Georgia is the site of this year's annual conference on August 5-8, which will focus on "A Holistic Approach to Building Sustainable and Healthy Communities" and "Growing Healthy Children-From the Ground Up."

For more information the American Community Garden Association and their annual conference, go to: American Community Garden Association.

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