Community and Urban Gardening

photo of a Delaware community gardenThere are many benefits to promoting and providing residents with greener places to live. Research suggests that green enhancements mean fewer health problems, higher property values, and more social and economic activity in the surrounding areas. Because of findings such as these, even areas with minimal open space are beginning to find creative ways to implement gardens. In New York City, for example, gardeners are planting on rooftops. Not only do rooftop gardens provide a local source of fresh fruits and vegetables, they also help to reduce cooling costs and stormwater runoff, as the plants help to insulate the building and take in rainwater. Read more about rooftop gardening.

photo of urban farm at 12th and BrandywineTo bring greener environments to our own state, The Delaware Center for Horticulture offers services and resources to help local communities obtain vacant spaces and establish a community garden. To learn more about these services, visit the Delaware Center for Horticulture's gardens page.

One additional way for the community to access gardens and produce is through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) initiatives. CSA is a great way for populations to take advantage of already existing gardens by subscribing to receive produce from farmers’ markets. Find out more about CSA initiatives in Delaware.

photos courtesy of the Delaware Center for Horticulture