The Y Community Garden
Buy a 10’ x 20’ plot for the 2015 planting season!!
$20 per plot for Y members $25 for Non-members
Ready for you to plant by June 1
Garden is divided for Organic & Non-organic gardening
Garden is located on south-east corner of the YMCA campus
Registration & enrollment is now closed. All community garden plots have be filled.
Click HERE to download a Garden Welcome Packet
A community garden means many things to many people. For some, a community garden is a place to grow food, flowers and herbs in the company of friends and neighbors. For others, it’s a place to reconnect with nature or get physical exercise. Yet others use community gardens simply because they lack adequate space or beneficial soil to have a garden at their house or apartment.
Regardless of why you are choosing to take part in a community garden, the activity comes with both responsibilities and rewards.
Rewards: Community gardening has the potential to offer a range of benefits to individuals, families, communities and the environment.
- Food production — Community gardens enable people to grow high quality fruits and vegetables for themselves, their families and their communities.
- Nutrition — Some research indicates that community gardeners eat more fruits and vegetables than non-gardening families.
- Exercise — Gardening requires physical activity and helps improve the overall physical health of gardeners.
- Mental health — Interacting with plants and nature helps reduce stress and increase gardeners’ sense of wellness and belonging.
- Community — Community gardens foster a sense of community identity and stewardship among gardeners. They provide a place for people of diverse backgrounds to interact and share cultural traditions.
- Environment — Gardens help reduce the heat island effect in cities, increase biodiversity, reduce runoff from rain, recycle local organic materials and reduce fossil fuel use from long-distance food transport.
- Learning — People of all ages can acquire and share skills and knowledge related to gardening, harvesting, preserving, cooking, nutrition, health, etc.
- Youth — Community gardens provide a place for youth to explore gardening, nature and community.
Above all, community gardening can provide a real sense of satisfaction and accomplishment for all involved.