Updated: Nov 17, 2021
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Most of us don’t know where to begin when it comes to growing the food we need to live.
Isn’t it scary to know that we are totally dependent upon others to provide us with one of our BASIC SURVIVAL NEEDS—Food!
We rarely think about the soil under our feet, but it actually plays a crucial role in how we get the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the climate we live in. Healthy soil supports all life on Earth!
But, right now, human activities are increasingly making soil unhealthy and drastically changing some natural cycles that we and all living things rely on.
Will you help the soils of North America by planting a garden at your home?
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Community gardens are one way that residents have mobilized to beautify urban neighborhoods, improve access to fresh produce, and engage youth. Qualitative case studies were conducted of two neighborhood-based community gardens with youth programs. Data collection included participant observation and in-depth interviews with adult gardeners and neighbors, youth, and community police officers.
Results suggest that the garden programs provided opportunities for constructive activities, contributions to the community, relationship and interpersonal skill development, informal social control, exploring cognitive and behavioral competence, and improved nutrition.
Community gardens promoted developmental assets for involved youth while improving their access to and consumption of healthy foods.