Minneapolis, MN (January 1, 2007)- GardenWorks Minnesota has compiled a list of research-based benefits of community gardens ranging from improved diets to crime prevention and the urban ecosystem to the local economy. Other key metrics include an increase in exercise, better local food production, an increase in the use of the outdoors as a classroom for youth, and horticultural therapy.
In addition, community gardens add beauty to the community and heighten people’s awareness and appreciation for living things. The list also cites research that states that urban green spaces are unevenly distributed and access is extremely limited near low-income neighborhoods populated by minorities vegetables and fruits.
Multiple Benefits of Community Gardening