Creating a Community Garden:
I came across this useful handbook online about creating a community garden today. It’s something that interests me greatly as much for the social interaction aspect as the food production side.
I think I will suggest it to my local community group which is fairly new.. Anyway – It might be useful to others of you out there considering options to improve your local area.
Recent years have witnessed major concerns about the quality of the food we eat and the availability of healthy food to all people irrespective of income. In response to this the Health Service Executive and the Organic Centre set up a pilot Community Food Project to enable people managing a tight budget to learn to grow, prepare and cook organic fruit and vegetables.
The pilot project, which became known as Growing in Confidence, has run successfully for two years in two locations in urban Sligo and rural Leitrim. This How-To Guide is based on the experience of running these projects and is aimed at any community or group interested in running a similar project.
As well as the health benefits of an improved diet participants enjoyed working outdoors and fostering an easy-going community spirit. We hope this guide will be a starting place
for many such projects, a building block for Growing in Confidence.