Community gardens are a great way to encourage social engagement and build neighborhood networks while growing healthy, local food. These gardens create an opportunity to get outside, learn, and have fun. Starting a community garden in your city or town is an easy way to make a positive impact that will benefit your community and the environment.
Other Resources for Community Gardens
- University of Maine Cooperative Extension manual on starting a community garden: This is a good, comprehensive guide to help you through the initial stages of building your community garden.
- Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association: Great resources for Mainers, including a directory of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) locations.
- American Community Gardening Association: This national organization provides resources on ways to create and improve your community garden along with holding events, releasing publications, and working to help community gardens achieve the most they can.
- Maine Food Strategy: An organization dedicated to strengthening Maine’s food system. They provide a host of useful resources.
- Cultivating Community: A Portland-area organization that is committed to strengthening communities by growing food, preparing youth leaders and new farmers, and promoting social and environmental justice.
- Community Garden locator: Useful tool for find existing community gardens near you
- Maine Foodscapes: The Maine Foodscapes mission is to increase community health and well-being through education and local food solutions.
- Maine Network of Community Food Councils: MNCFC's mission is to increase the capacity of local level food systems efforts through collaboration, coordination and resource sharing, resulting in sustainable, sovereign food systems across the state of Maine.
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