3 reasons why you should participate in a community garden

  Sustainability is a huge part of what makes Harmony unique. Our residents care about the environment and how they leave the planet for future generations. One way Harmony creates a sustainable living space is with our community garden. Using a community garden is not only good for the environment, but it's good for you, too! Here are a few reasons why being part of a community garden is a good idea for you and your community. Better for your overall health It’s not a secret that eating plenty of fruits and vegetables is good for your health. When you take part in a community garden, you are more likely to eat what you plant. Not only are these plants healthier for you, but there are benefits of choosing an organically grown produce. You know exactly where and how these crops were produced, limiting your intake of harsh chemicals that are often used by big name produce and grocery providers. You can also try new produce that you might have otherwise never tried. Either way, it's a win-win for you and your body. Fosters relationships Tending to a garden takes time – you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get to know your neighbors and other members of your community garden. These gardens also help reduce stress levels of those who are involved. Gardening benefits our overall well-being; it's a productive hobby that can improve our overall mood, and when you’re learning a new skill like gardening, your self-esteem will get a boost, too. It will help your relationship with yourself, and it provides a nice way to meet new people with similar interests. Helps local businesses and community safety Economic benefits of community gardens should not be ignored, either. Community gardens can foster relationships and help provide opportunities for small businesses that are looking to relocate, as well as providing low-cost produce. Gardens reduce the amount of local crimes, too. Research has shown that in urban areas, the crime level in a community with a garden lowered significantly. It's clear to see that community gardens are a positive addition to any community or neighborhood. If you’re a Harmony community resident, contact your community manager, Tim, to sign up to be part of our Harmony community garden at (407) 891-2602. Neighborhoods of Harmony eBook