Food & Nutrition Article
Support Community Gardens to Promote Better Nutritionby HealthyBeaut.com
While much of the information and marketing that addresses nutrition is personal nutrition, community gardens combine an opportunity to commit to notions of better nutrition for our nation as a whole. Use the tips below to incorporate community gardens and community garden thinking into your nutrition goals.
Community gardens promote neighborhood nutrition by providing food to those in the most localized regions; individual neighborhoods. These gardens provide the opportunity for individuals who cannot afford fresh fruits and vegetables to obtain the benefits of including them in their diets.
Perform research to find out about community gardens in your area or how you can start a community garden in your area. There are many national and local resources that provide information about different ways to establish a community garden.
Because community gardens require land and maintenance of that land that is frequently paid for or supported by local governments, forming a community garden can involve paperwork and red tape that will delay its establishment. Consider other ways of implementing community gardens that will take less time while you're navigating through red tape.
Consider having your children invite friends to participate in your gardening efforts and include sharing the produce your garden yields. Learning how to plant and care for crops in your vegetable garden is a great opportunity for you to share knowledge about the nutrition benefits of fresh vegetables with the excitement of hands-on learning.
Ask your religious organization if they'd be interested in having a church community garden as a youth group activity and means of sharing food with those in need. You can also consider contacting museums and botanical gardens in your area concerning the establishment of community gardens or community gardening events.
Include community gardens that are in your area as part of your charitable giving. The benefits of community gardens range from integrating populations in neighborhoods as people work together to providing food to the needy to creating community commitment to beautifying neighborhoods, all worthy goals of charitable donations.
Publicize your community garden by inviting local government representatives, leaders or groups to participate in or view your garden and use the opportunity to speak about nutrition and other benefits of the community garden. Sustainability of community garden frequently relies on outside support regarding land use and costs such as watering and other needs for your garden.
Contact local businesses such as garden centers or nurseries and ask about donations from fertilizer to seeds to fencing for your community garden including provisions for free advertising for their stores through a "Thank you" sign.
Ask others who are committed to nutrition such as your children's friends' parents to contribute time to whatever community garden you're creating. Encourage nutritional benefits to participation from the foods themselves to the exercise outdoors when you're seeking volunteers.
Community gardening creates the opportunity for you to contribute your time and knowledge and commitment to a healthier world by sharing your nutrition efforts with others. Use the tips above to incorporate involvement with a community garden as part of your nutrition efforts.