Green Thought Thursday: Green thumbs, unite!

By Posted in - Sustainability on June 16th, 2011

The Briar Patch at Briar Chapel — isn’t it beautiful?

Community gardens are all the rage these days. From rooftops in Brooklyn to a planned site right here in Raleigh on Person St., we’re constantly reading about them, and we’re constantly seeing them, too! We love the new garden at Briar Chapel (client), and as a matter of fact, Dana practically has one in her backyard – it’s the community garden at Asbury United Methodist Church.

Asbury United Methodist Church’s community garden

From its very humble beginnings as an overgrown ballpark to what is now a thriving colony of yummy veggies, Dana has witnessed the whole thing on her nightly walks with Billy (Clairemont’s CMO). But what are the benefits of community gardening? Here’s a fun-sized list from the American Community Gardening Association:

  • Provides a catalyst for neighborhood and community development
  • Beautifies neighborhoods
  • Produces nutritious food
  • Reduces family food budgets
  • Conserves resources
  • Creates opportunity for recreation, exercise, therapy and education
  • Preserves green space

Still need convincing? See the whole list here.

So what are you waiting for? Green thumbs, unite! There’s plenty of helpful information on how to start your own community garden here.

We’ll see you outside!



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