Welcome to the Community Action website. One of the kinds of community action that you can get involved in, involves community gardens. Community gardens allow people who live in apartments and condominiums, or other forms of dwelling that doesn’t usually offer gardening space, to grow their own fruits and vegetables. Usually people will buy or rent a section of a community garden and plant their seeds and tend to their garden. Schools can also get involved, and many local schools make use of community gardens to get children interested in the growth of fruits and vegetables, and to learn aspects of science, as well as home economics. This is especially good in deprived areas, for not only are children learning about photosynthesis and the growing process, but they are also learning about the value of food, the value of their local environment, and will subsequently learn to care and respect their community areas.
There are also other uses for such community gardens, with for example a new kind of therapy being used called horticultural therapy, where people who have experienced some kind of trauma are taken to a community garden, and are encouraged to hack and tear the plants to pieces, and they then get to watch the plants grow back, showing them nature’s resilience. In this way we can see that not only does the community require us to give to it, but it will also give back in return. We would be glad to hear your thoughts and feedback regarding Voluntary and Community Action.