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Why start a community garden? Community gardens improve users’ health through increased fresh vegetable consumption and providing a venue for exercise. The gardens also combat two forms of alienation that plague modern urban life, by bringing urban gardeners closer in touch with the source of their food, and by breaking down isolation by creating a social community. Community gardens provide other social benefits, such as the sharing of food production knowledge with the wider community and safer living spaces.

Examples

Allotments and their support to young people

Author: Malou Weirich/Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-08-22 09:09 -

Cold Barn farm is a centre for youth activity, which is dedicated to children and young people and making a difference in their lives. The allotment project started in 2006 when a group of young people showed an interest in growing their own vegetables.

De Voedselbanktuin (Food Bank Garden)

Author: Malou Weirich /Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-08-22 08:32 -

The Food Bank Garden was set up specifically to supply fresh produce for the Food Bank in Utrecht in the Netherlands.

The Bern allotment gardeners and their multicultural engagement

Author: Malou Weirich/Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-08-22 08:12 -

The Schweizer Familiengärtnerverband (Swiss leisure garden federation) today unifies approximately 375 leisure garden sites. In order to stimulate the co-operation with the associations and the members, the federation was divided into different regions, Bern among them.

Allotments - a social and environmental amenity to towns

Author: Malou Weirich /Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-08-21 09:21 -

The Mazargues allotment gardens, situated on the Joseph Aiguier site, are part of the city of Marseille’s historical heritage. The Gardens and the allotments greatly contribute to community life - facilitating a healthier environment, social inclusion, access to food and more...

The London Orchard Project

Author: Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-05-10 08:54 -

Urban fruit for urban communities – developing a skilled community of Londoners to plant, care for and harvest fruit trees, thereby connecting urban communities and increasing access to fresh fruit.

Tlandhuis

Author: Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-04-19 09:00 -

SHARING OCCUPIED SPACES: A BIOLOGICAL GARDEN

The Garden of Eden Project

Author: Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-04-12 12:31 -

The Garden of Eden Project is one way to help your community take local action towards local and global environmental improvement. One tangible way to address climate change is to plant trees. Not only this, it is an opportunity to bring a community together to design and create a common project that is eco-friendly, sustainable and will give back to the community in years to come.

Urban Gardens in Rome 2 - The Eut-Orto Project

Author: alessandra sciurba - Published At: 2013-04-03 07:42 -

In September 2010, some workers of the corporation Eutelia Information Technology in Rome, after having been made ​​redundant as a result of the crisis that hit the company, decided to create an urban garden community cultivating 3000 square meters of land owned by the Province of Rome, for consuming and selling agricultural products, thus continuing to work together and maintaining the visibility of their dispute for the workplace.

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