In New Zealand, there is a growing social revolution – and it is good. It is called community gardening.
Nobody knows when and how it started, but one thing is clear. Cities across the country are cultivating large plots to grow a variety of vegetables, fruits and herbs not only to feed themselves but to improve their social interaction.
We Reap What We Sow
Whilst New Zealand is a developed country, food shortage still happens, so community gardens are a good way to boost the supply of at least the key ingredients. Furthermore, households can enjoy affordable fresh produce. It is common for community gardeners to distribute harvests among members or sell them for a little profit.
Growing a community garden likewise improves the country’s access to healthy food sources. Both affordability and accessibility count towards meeting government health plans for fighting obesity and other preventable diseases.
Other than nutrition, community gardens can improve gardeners’ social and emotional well-being as they are encouraged to socialise with their neighbours. The gardens likewise promote volunteerism, which can enhance skills, generosity and experience. In fact, these projects welcome children and partner with schools and organisations to help teach the importance of environment preservation.
It is a Community Effort
Building a community garden, however, does not depend on volunteers and members only. It demands support from local councils that create the regulations, as well as provide tracts of land for planting (if there is one).
Different industries can also help. Cates Brothers supports the idea of involving businesses in the social revolution. A cartage company that has the right equipment and professionals can haul truckloads of fertilisers safely according to the country and local regulations.
Tilling the land, taking care of the garden and harvesting require hard work, patience and determination. These efforts are all worth it when you realise that the benefits of community gardening go beyond the plot of land and baskets full of fresh fruits and vegetables.