Goal: A piece of land shared by friends and neighbors for growing fruits and vegetables and providing opportunities for positive social interactions, recreation, and education.
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle wishes to promote a place where community relationships may be built while offering fresh fruits and vegetables to the community. Community gardens provide access to traditional produce or nutritionally rich foods that may otherwise be unavailable to low-income families and individuals.
The new garden is opening soon, but lots of planning needs to be done before then! Locations, volunteers, tools and supplies, and utilities are just some of the things necessary to make a garden successful! If you have experience or interest in any area, please contact Debbie Reid at 817-360-1893 or DebbieReid@TexasHealth.org.
Benefits of Community Gardens
According to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the "creation of or enhanced access to places for physical activity combined with informational outreach" produced a 48.4 percent increase in frequency of physical activity in addition to a 5.1 percent median increase in aerobic capacity, reduced body fat, weight loss, improved flexibility and increase in perceived energy.1
Increasing the consumption of fresh, local produce is one of the best ways to address childhood lead poisoning and exposure to chemical fertilizers and pesticides.2
References: 1. Sherer, P .M. (2006). The benefits of parks: Why America needs more city parks and open space. tpl.org 2. Bremer, A., Jenkins, K. & Kanter, D. (2003). Community Gardens in Milwaukee: Procedures for their long-term stability & their import to the city. Milwaukee: University of Wisconsin, Department of Urban Planning. cce.ufl.edu/past/commgardens