Community gardens come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They can be individual rental plots or communal garden areas. According to the National Garden Foundation there are over 30,000 community gardens across the country. Community gardens can increase access to affordable, nutritious and delicious fruits and vegetables to low income audiences. Community gardens provide fresh plants and produce as well as contributing to a sense of community. Gardeners become connected to the environment and are given an opportunity for satisfying labor and neighborhood involvement.
Youth gardens are comprised of any garden that educates school age youth kindergarten through 12th grade.
- Daycare Centers
- After school programs
- Youth groups
Youth learn about:
- Plant parts they eat
- Where their food comes from
- Willingness to try new foods through tasting
- How to select, plant, maintain and harvest fruits and vegetables
- Food safety
FoodWIse educators can choose from approved garden-based nutrition curriculum with youth.