Gardening is a great past time or hobby but it can also be a part of building the community where you live. In earlier times when things were much more rural farmers would often times rely on their neighbors for a helping hand when needed. Of course the help was reciprocal. Even though these farms may have been miles apart neighbors were always ready and willing to offer a helping hand.
Today things are a whole lot less rural and neighbors are only a few feet away in many cases but the idea of lending a hand is still as valid today as it was back then. That is what help builds a community. A garden community is much the same as it is a group of people who get together and offer each other help and advice for nothing in return except the satisfaction that comes from helping and sharing with others. This community is wide and diverse and includes people from all walks of life. Some groups form as clubs or associations others form as community organizations. These are all groups of people with common interest that they want to share.
A garden community does not necessarily need to be a formal group it does not even have to be a group of people that know each other it can be people with the same beliefs that contribute to the garden community by offering to lend a helping hand to others such as a church group that sponsors a neighborhood cleanup day and some of the local residents participate. It may be a gardener that offers to lend a helping hand by coming into put on demonstrations or give talks to local schools. A way to get young people involved. It may be parents that insist that the local school spend their tax money by starting a vegetable garden as part of the curriculum to give the kids a broader education.
A garden community may be a bunch of people from a town that have excess produce and contribute it to the local food bank so that it does not go to waste and will be available to those in need. These gardeners may not know each other but they all are contributing to a common cause and helping the community where they live. Not because they have to but because they want to. There is a lot to be said about working together to spread knowledge or lend a hand. It is not always about getting something for yourself but I think in the end if you reflect upon it you will find that you have gained so much more than the effort you have put in.
In early days when there were so many family farms the secrets of growing and stewardship of the land was passed down from generation to generation. Now a days families are not as close as the once were and many are unable to focus on things like gardening due to other pending issues. It would be nice if there were a way for children to be taught about gardening and the way things grow. It is an education that would expand their horizons and get them more in touch with how food is produced. As I stated earlier may parents should press the school boards. But what about you and your church maybe other gardeners would like to volunteer and set up a program for the church youth or even open it to all community members. Young people do need guidance and if you can just get them passionate about it they will learn a skill they can use for the rest of their lives. How would the be on the list of make you feel goods.