Community gardens that knit communities together. They make neighborhoods safer and build an element of trust between neighbors, who are able to share food, fun and laughter.
Residents can't help but be excited by working in an edible garden. They try new vegetables because they grew them, taking that first step towards changing behaviors and eating healthier.
Community gardens require a lot of organization, and that's where Keep America Beautiful and its 600 affiliates come in to the picture. State affiliates, like Keep Tennessee Beautiful, and their local affiliates are charged with organizing local gardeners and sustaining the gardens through the off-season.
The People's Garden
US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack began the People's Garden Initiative - named in honor of President Lincoln's description of USDA as the "People's Department" - in 2009 as an effort to challenge employees to create gardens at USDA facilities. It has since grown into a collaborative effort of over 700 local and national organizations all working together to establish community and school gardens across the country. The simple act of planting a garden can help unite neighborhoods in a common effort and inspire locally-led solutions to challenges facing our country - from hunger to the environment. Click here for more information.