The Top 3 Reasons Why Your Community Garden is Good for your NeighborhoodPosted on May 16, 2017
There is a growing trend of people seeking to connect with nature and create more sustainable local food systems. Unused spaces are being converted into productive habitats which also help with community building. Part of this agricultural revolution is the development and spread of community gardens which are popping up in cities, on university campuses and even luxury communities, like The Georgia Club.
The Community Gardens at The Georgia Club began with a dream by its residents to create a verdant space filled with homegrown foods and magnificent decorative plants. Today we enjoy a generous space for community and individual gardening, with a substantial expansion planned, creating true farm-to-table cuisine.
Here are the top three reasons why a community garden is good for your neighborhood.
1. Community Gardens Help Provide Fresh Nutritious Food
Community gardens provide an opportunity for people to enjoy nutritious food at little or no cost. People who garden (or who live with someone who gardens) tend to eat more fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. In a survey in Flint, Michigan, while only 17.8% of respondents from non-gardening households ate fruits and vegetables at least 5 times a day, that number rose to 32.4% in households with a gardener.
2. Community Gardens Foster Community and Build Networks
As well as providing fresh nutritious produce for the gardeners and their families, community gardens provide the opportunity for people from different backgrounds to come together. They help foster a sense of ownership and community. Community gardens are generally monitored and managed by the gardeners, resulting in a cleaner space and more active local community.
3. Community Gardens Can Have a Positive Effect on Property Prices
Community gardens also have a positive impact on nearby property prices. A New York University study looked at the impact of community gardens on the neighboring property values. The study found that community gardens have statistically significant positive effects on the values of property within 1,000 feet of the garden. The effect also increased over time; as each year went by after the opening of a community garden, the prices of nearby properties increased more and more in relation to properties that did not have access to a community garden.
Today’s buyers are seeking new activities, adventures and interests that may not match the traditional country club lifestyle. Located near Athens, Georgia, The Georgia Club is the best of both worlds; classic southern living and genteel golf club lifestyle with fun-filled, resort-style amenities and family-friendly neighborhoods.
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