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CDI recently completed a community vegetable garden project in New York City. This project, which began in March 2011, created a vegetable, herb and fruit garden in the backyard of Assocasion Tepeyac, a Latin American educational organization on 14th Street in New York City. The students frequenting the building have been trained and will continue to maintain the backyard while enjoying their new outdoor space and the harvests it produces. Click here for before and after photos of the back yard.


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We are currently looking to identify a deserving and needy community and appropriate location to become beneficiary of our next local garden project. We are planning to initiate further local community development projects in the areas of environment, green spaces, urban community gardens, park revitalization and more. If you would like to get involved with the development of these projects or have project ideas please contact us at local@cd-international.org 


Community gardens provide fresh produce and plants as well as satisfying labor, neighborhood improvement, sense of community and connection to the environment. They are publicly functioning in terms of ownership, access, and management, as well as typically owned in trust by local governments or not for profit associations.A city’s community gardens can be as diverse as its gardeners. Some grow only flowers, others are nurtured communally and their bounty shared, some have individual plots for personal use, while others have raised beds for disabled gardeners.Community gardens may help alleviate one effect of climate change, which is expected to cause a global decline in agricultural output, making fresh produce increasingly unaffordable.


Community gardens encourage an urban community's food security, allowing citizens to grow their own food or for others to donate what they have grown. Advocates say locally grown food decreases a community's reliance on fossil fuels for transport of food from large agricultural areas and reduces a society's overall use of fossil fuels to drive in agricultural machinery. 


Community gardens improve users’ health through increased fresh vegetable consumption and providing a venue for exercise. The gardens also combat two forms of alienation that plague modern urban life, by bringing urban gardeners closer in touch with the source of their food, and by breaking down isolation by creating a social community. Community gardens provide other social benefits, such as the sharing of food production knowledge with the wider community and safer living spaces. Active communities experience less crime and vandalism.

 


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