The benefits of community gardens for urban areas - sustainability

Urban gardening is now becoming a global trend. A important benefit to urban community gardening is sustainability, and how it can actually really help the environment. Eating local is one of the best things we can all do for the planet because it help to avoid transport emissions and pesticide use. When food travels on a plane, train, or truck requiring fossil fuel, it uses more energy and increases pollution. Dining from your garden costs you less, saves energy, and helps us all breathe a little easier.

Community gardens in urban areas have the potential to turn shoppers into conscious producers by raising awareness of natural resources. When people realise the benefits of urban gardenings they are contributing to environmental conservation and the climate change emergency in a positive way!

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Growing your own herbs, fruits, and vegetables puts you in control of the chemicals going into your soil and your food. You will soon realise the benefits of a more natural approach. Strawberries top the list of produce with the highest pesticide residue. Avoiding weed killer, and pesticide ensures your strawberries taste more like … strawberries.

Gardening with fewer toxic chemicals adds fewer pollutants to the environment and, ultimately, our water supply. You’ll grow healthier plants in healthier soil while limiting pollution. Pesticides can kill beneficial insects, such as bees and butterflies, that play an essential role in our food cycle.

 Other ways community gardens can help benefit the environment:

  • Help improve air and soil quality
  • Can improve water infiltration 
  • Can reduce neighbourhood waste through composting 
  • Provides natural habitats for animals and insects 
  • Can have a cooling affect and reduce the heat in the city from climate change