Each month, the National Park Service sends a newsletter to their national stakeholders. heck out the first article, and click on the linked “Somerville” word. You will be directed from the National Park Service’s monthly newsletter directly to our School Gardens Program Page!!!
Conservation + Recreation:
|Connecting with the Land: Community Gardens|
In addition to fresh, healthy food, gardening also provides mental health and social benefits. Hester Parr of the University of Dundee has documented substantial benefits, including a key insight that people with mental health problems generally felt positive emotions when gardening. Nonprofit Groundwork Trusts like the ones in Somerville, Massachusetts and Buffalo, New York are helping build community gardens in schoolyards and in public housing developments as a key strategy for building healthier communities.
If you’re ready to find a community garden near you before it’s planting time again, check out the American Community Gardening Association. They can help you find a nearby community garden, or grow one near you.
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