By Paula Combs
Having a garden is beneficial on many levels. But having the space and the know-how to build one can be a challenge. Luckily, there’s a growing trend that can help — community gardens.
Community gardens vary widely in size, type and how they are run. However, the foundation is the same — a group of residents work together to maintain a piece of land, owned privately or publicly, to grow food or other plants. In addition to providing fresh produce and flowers, the gardens can help build a sense of community and allow people to connect with nature, which can be particularly valuable for those who are living in an urban environment.
From increasing green space on a city street to producing food for lower-income families to increasing habitat for pollinators, a community garden can have a variety of purposes.
In Fauquier County, the Remington Community Garden was opened this past summer.
“We decided to do a community garden– something that would bring people together and something that would help feed families,” said John Waldeck, master gardener and lead coordinator for the Remington garden project. “We wanted a place where people could grow their fruits and vegetables and bond with old and new friends in a beautiful setting.”
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