In May of 2014 Sustainable Long Island, in partnership with the Cedarmore Corporation, The Long Island Volunteer Center, LI Green Market, and BJ’s Wholesale Club, brought together over 20 volunteers to Zion Cathedral in Freeport to add to an existing community garden for residents of the Village of Freeport.
Thanks to funding from Bank of America, volunteers prepared the site and constructed seven additional garden beds, while also planting summer crops, including tomatoes and cabbage.
Community gardens bring people of different ages, genders, and ethnicities together to establish something beautiful. Each individual plays a role in making the garden successful. Not only do gardens increase access to fresh food and nature, they also beautify neighborhoods, raise property value, and reduce neighborhood crime. Community gardens provide us with the opportunity to learn, grow, and live together.
Just some of the many benefits of a community garden include:
- Improves the quality of life for people involved with the garden
- Provides a catalyst for neighborhood and community development
- Encourages social interaction between community members
- Promotes independence and satisfaction with oneself
- Beautifies neighborhoods
- Increases property values
- Produces nutritious food and supports healthy eating behaviors
- Reduces family food budgets
- Conserves resources and helps maintain a friendly eco-system
- Creates opportunity for recreation, exercise, therapy, and education
- Reduces crime
- Preserves green space and utilizes land that would otherwise go wasted
- Creates income opportunities and economic development
- Provides opportunities for intergenerational and cross-cultural connections