The MRSC, an organization dedicated to excellence in local government writes in on it's information page, the following overview of Community Gardens: "Community gardens promote healthy communities and provide food security for many low income persons. In an urban setting, community gardens are part of the open space network. The gardens and those who participate in community gardening contribute to the preservation of open space, provide access to it, and create sustainable uses of the space. Community gardens strengthen community bonds, provide food, and create recreational and therapeutic opportunities for a community. They can also promote environmental awareness and provide community education."

Plattsburgh can benefit too.

Why Get Involved with Community Gardening?

Reasons abound for involvement in community gardening, including the chance to:

  • Increase self-esteem, bolster confidence and encourage learning in children
  • Create beauty
  • Provide positive work experiences for at-risk youth
  • Grow fresh produce
  • Improve nutrition and fitness
  • Share the joys and wonders of gardening
  • Promote healthier communities
  • Be neighborly
  • Reduce stress
  • Reduce crime
  • Have fun

Who Gets Involved in Community Gardening?

Many different groups are involved in community gardening, including:

  • Homeowner associations
  • Neighborhood block groups
  • Religious organizations
  • Primary and secondary schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Social service agencies
  • Health care facilities
  • Correctional institutions
  • Corporations
  • Gardening clubs