Last Wednesday we had the privilege of hearing Beth Farrell from Thomasville Parks and Recreation to present our monthly webinar. The discussion was focused on the challenges and success of community gardens. Last May, NCRPA partnered with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) foundation to provide Health Eating Equipment grants to park and recreation agencies across the state. Thomasville was one of the departments to receive funds for equipment to create a community garden at Memorial Park.
Beth’s webinar discussed the positive contributions to a community when implementing a community garden. One of the key components when establishing a community garden is promoting community building. It brings together the youth, adults, and seniors in the community, working together to create healthier eating options. Ultimately, it also encourages exercise and healthy food access. One of the highest impacts on the community includes the educational component of establishing a community garden. A good program to grow from your community gardens is youth afterschool programs. Involving these programs gives youth the opportunity to learn healthy cooking techniques and expose them to a variety of fresh vegetables.
If you would like to hear more from Beth you can view her webinar regarding community garden benefits, please click the following link: https://vimeo.com/126809429
For more information regarding community gardens, then please refer to NCRPA’s Community Gardens webpage. Remember, gardens can be small or large, no matter the size they can have a large impact on the health of your community.
If you would like to share your community garden ideas or information, then please email us or submit them on the wellness site here: (firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.ncrpa.net/?Wellnesssub).