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The popularity of community gardens has exploded in recent years to over 5,000 community gardens nationwide. Many assisted and public housing sites see the benefits of having community gardening programs for residents and have started these programs at their sites. For example, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) has over 600 gardens at its housing sites, and even has an in-house “Garden & Greening” program that supports NYCHA residents who want to create a community garden at their sites. And HUD has several programs, such as its Neighborhood Networks program, that encourage assisted sites to start community gardens for residents.
This article gives you the basics about community gardens, describe the benefits you’ll reap, and explain the steps to take to start and manage a community garden program at your assisted site.