“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around” ~Leo Buscaglia
Community Garden’s and volunteering…
Community Garden’s and volunteering sounds simple…
But what do you know about them…
Sydney’s community gardens provide the perfect opportunity to creatively use forgotten pockets of public land. They provide practical ways to reuse materials and are a wonderful environment to learn hands-on gardening and grow your own fresh, organic food.
There are numerous benefits that can be attained from community gardening. Volunteers exercise while gardening, thus promote healthy lifestyles. A study funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health (1991) found that volunteering can improve self-esteem, reduce high blood pressure, combat social isolation, reduce the impact of stress, and change the body’s immune system.
5 other benefits of community gardens
- Residents have easy access to a communal plot of land, especially in high-density pockets of the inner city where outdoor space can be in short supply.
- Diverse plants and seeds can be saved.
- Household waste can be reduced through composting systems.
- Demonstrate practical organic gardening methods.
- Bring people together and create a sense of community.
The City of Sydney hosts 19 community gardens and 3 footpath gardens. Community gardens are run by locals and are used to grow fruit, vegetables, flowers and herbs. These communal spaces can significantly cut down the distance fresh, organic produce has to travel and therefore minimises its carbon footprint.
The learning opportunities in volunteering are also tremendous because people with diverse skills come together and share their experiences. For instance, someone who is skilled in carpentry may teach another volunteer how to nail the timber together, while a volunteer that is knowledgeable about plants can share his or her expertise with the carpenter.
Volunteering in gardening definitely helps youth to become involved in community service and to stay away from drugs and other adverse activities. When students are involved in volunteer work, they are less likely to engage in risky behavior such as using drugs or skipping school.
So for those of us that live in high rises or just don’t have a garden, it’s time to think out of the box and STEP UP and join the community.