Nothing makes me happier than being involved in a community garden. I enjoy the growing of food and flowers, meeting new friends, working to improve the soils and sharing skills.
It’s exciting and an opportunity to share everything from seeds to garden stories. I can’t think of a better way to learn how to grow healthy vegetables and herbs, foster sustainability, socialize and have fun.
Over the past decade, I have worked from the ground up to create several successful community gardens. I also took a 15,000 road trip from New England to California with a hop to Hawaii meeting and talking to community garden directors. It was an incredible experience.
This year, I was elected to the board of directors of the American Community Gardening Association whose “mission is to build community by increasing and enhancing community gardening and greening across the United States and Canada.
The Association recognizes that community gardening improves people’s quality of life by providing a catalyst for neighborhood and community development, stimulating social interaction, encouraging self-reliance, beautifying neighborhoods, producing nutritious food, reducing family food budgets, conserving resources and creating opportunities for recreation, exercise, therapy and education.”
I feel grateful to be doing the work I love and look forward to meeting more gardeners and learning what they are doing in community gardens across the country.
See you in the garden, Natalie