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Growing Communities

Posted By Colleen Dougherty, NC Recreation & Park Association, Monday, January 25, 2016

Happy Monday,


I hope everyone is staying warm on this Monday! Amongst the cold, it is always great to discuss outdoor program opportunities for the warmer months ahead. This week’s blog will be focusing on community gardens. Before the start of spring, it is important to start planning how your department can promote a healthy community.


We have had plenty of blogs discussing how to teach people about eating healthy. But what about ways to increase your communities access to fresh and healthy fruits and vegetables? Community gardens are a fantastic way to promote healthy eating and to unite people with a common mission! Not only does community gardens teach people where their food comes from, but it also gives them a chance to connect with their neighbors and encourage children to get outside. Gardens can be all shapes and sizes, even a small garden can still create a large impact on the health of your community. Gardening not only produces fresh healthy food, but it also provides a place for people to engage in physical activity.  For more information, please check out our Community Gardens page.


Following the theme of community gardens, our next Wellness Webinar will be Tuesday, February 9th, hosted by Jill Edwards and Diana McCall, Black Mountain Recreation and Parks. Jill and Diana will be discussing their Eat Smart Black Mountain program. Black Mountain has been extremely successful in creating and maintaining their community gardens and offering healthy eating education. The Eat Smart Black Mountain program works to promote healthy eating and active living through hands-on gardening and nutritious programs. Register for the webinar to learn more how you can impact your community with a garden like Black Mountains:


If you have any then information or ideas on community gardens please email us or submit them on the wellness site here: (colleen@ncrpa.net



Tags:  Community Building  Community Gardens  Heal 

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