Community Gardens Making a Difference

There are many solvable issues in the city of Chicago today. Though it may seem at times there are no valuable solutions, there is one solution that has been proven to help solve many issues in Chicago. The solution is community gardens, which has helped to build communities, reduce crime, and help the environment as well. Although, there are currently many community gardens in place already, there is not enough. There are many areas that could benefit from community gardens but people question whether or not they will be wasting their time with their efforts in low-income, high crime neighborhoods. A lot of times community gardens really help uplift communities and help them gain a better sense of identity, and can even become a safe place for residents. There are many different organizations that help head community gardens.

The best way to ensure each community has access to a garden would be to get in contact with the organization closest to each neighborhood. The organization would come into the neighborhood and designate the appropriate space for the garden. The next step would be to get the residents of the community involved, in order to do this I would suggest having an opening event that includes having the local children and families come in and each plant something. The head organizer of the garden will attend and inform the residents of all benefits of the garden, and there should be food and refreshments at this event as well. The residents of the community would then be able to see how beneficial the community garden can be.

This plan would be beneficial to everyone involved. Community gardens help to bring communities together, it’s an effective way to reduce crime, and it may be an opportunity to grow crops that may be unavailable in stores of low-income neighborhoods. It has also been shown that families who participate in community gardens often learn better eating habits, and these gardens can even reduce the risk of asthma. Overall, community gardens only produce sustainable outcomes for the people and the environment.





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