Monday, October 11, 2010

A "Community Garden" at Hearthstone?

Recently, Kevin Harding and Terry Messick, when asked about this, indicated they would consider setting aside a small plot of land for those of us interested in tending a small flower or vegetable garden.

photo by Bob Connelly

Hearthstone resident Bob Connelly is willing to head up a committee to organize the “Hearthstone Community Garden” So, if you miss having your own plot of land to grow flowers or food for your table email him at (Please put “Hearthstone Community Garden” in the Subject line of your email so your message doesn't end up in his spam folder.)

Bob is not a gardener himself, but thinks a Community Garden would be a nice addition to our neighborhood and probably help sell a few more homes. He will arrange a meeting where we can meet and discuss our Community Garden.

What is a Community Garden? Very simply, it is any piece of land gardened by a group of people!

What are Benefits of Community Gardens?

-Improves the quality of life for people in the garden
-Provides a catalyst for neighborhood and community development
-Stimulates Social Interaction
-Encourages Self-Reliance
-Beautifies Neighborhoods
-Produces Nutritious Food
-Reduces Family Food Budgets
-Conserves Resources
-Creates opportunity for recreation, exercise, therapy, and education
-Reduces Crime
-Preserves Green Space
-Creates income opportunities and economic development
-Reduces city heat from streets and parking lots
-Provides opportunities for intergenerational and cross-cultural connections

So, if you think this is something you would like to see in our neighborhood and you want to participate please contact Bob and
let's plant some seeds!

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