In June 2014, Sustainable Long Island and the City of Long Beach brought together over 80 volunteers for a Community Garden Build at the corner of Riverside Boulevard and East Pine in Long Beach, adjacent to Sherman Brown Park. Volunteers from CitiGroup partaking in Citi’s Global Community Day joined community members and additional volunteers from the Long Island Volunteer Center and Aon Group to construct 15 raised garden beds with hoop houses at the site, while also mixing compost, vermiculite, and peat moss. Volunteers also constructed two storage sheds for long term storage.
Thanks to all who attended and volunteered! Special thanks to Kevin Horsham and Eagle Scaffolding for providing power tools and equipment for the build!
Community gardens bring people of different ages, genders, and ethnicity 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