According to the American Community Garden Association, a community garden is any piece of land gardened by a group of people.
The many benefits of community gardens include:
- Improves the quality of life for people in the garden
- Provides a catalyst for neighborhood and community development
- Stimulates Social Interaction
- Encourages Self-Reliance
- Beautifies Neighborhoods
- Produces Nutritious Food
- Reduces Family Food Budgets
- Conserves Resources
- Creates opportunity for recreation, exercise, therapy, and education
- Reduces Crime
- Preserves Green Space
- Creates income opportunities and economic development
- Reduces city heat from streets and parking lots
- Provides opportunities for intergenerational and cross-cultural connections
The ACGA website lists many resources and tools for learning about gardens and even starting your own:
The Knoxville/Knox County Food Policy Council was the first food policy council in the country and its task is to improve food access and food security for the City and County. This year their focus is increasing community gardens in Knoxville and Knox County. More information will be available as resources and a website are developed. More information will be available as resources and a website are developed.
Access to fresh, locally grown food is a relatively easy and very important resource for worksites to promote to their employees and families. Locally grown fruits and vegetables not only promote the health of those who eat them, but also the local economy for farmers and markets where the produce is sold. To learn more about Farmer’s Markets in East Tennessee, visit any of the links below.