It seems like every neighborhood in Atlanta has a community garden these days, and since my running partner and I have been marathon training, I’ve been seeing more and more of them during our long, winding, weekend runs. I thought it might be fun to grab the camera and share some community garden goodness with you guys!
I find community gardens inspiring. These gardens are more than just an opportunity to help give more people access to fresh, local produce: they’re an excellent learning opportunity if you want to learn to grow your own food.
On top of all of that, in urban areas like where I live, these gardens give teens something to do that’s more productive than just hanging out and getting into trouble.
Edgewood, the neighborhood in Atlanta where I live, is a very cute area full of old houses and beautiful, tree-lined streets. Unfortunately, we also have a crime problem here. There are lots of break-ins, and I was even mugged on my own street back in 2008. There are a million reasons that we suffer from a high crime rate, and I think that our community garden addresses some major ones. Kids get bored, and when they get bored they do dumb things. The garden offers local teens a productive way to spend their time and even make some money.
The Edgewood Community Garden is part of the Coen Middle School’s sustainability program, and they have a full time person in charge of the garden and garden activities. Kids who get involved in the garden each get their own mini plots where they can grow food for themselves and their families. There’s also a large learning garden and an area specifically for growing food to sell at local farmers markets.
I was lucky enough to get a tour of the Edgewood Community Garden last week, and I thought I’d share some photos of the place with you guys, slideshow style!