Sharing the benefits of community gardens

Joining a neighboring garden means participating in a community of like-minded people working together for the same purpose to provide a place where people can contribute their gardening skills, share knowledge and grow crops for themselves or others.

Community gardens provide physical space for growing crops, but more importantly, they provide opportunities for people to connect. Provide opportunities for families, individuals, and classrooms to grow independently as they build their communities.

Sheridan County has 11 community gardens and six school gardens. These gardens are characterized by their size, shape and demographic. What they have in common is a community and community of like-minded people whose goal is to enjoy the outdoors and grow their local product and serve their communities.

Last week I visited a garden with many members of the Siegroup community and I was amazed by the community in this community garden. Each member brings his or her own strengths, knowledge, and experience. There is joy, laughter, friendship, and much growth in the garden. And not just in plants.

Founded in 2010 by a group of community members looking for community gardens, this generational garden has doubled the number of gardeners in the past year alone and can accommodate up to 80 gardeners by first age! The garden, next to Sagebrush Elementary School, is supported by the city of Sheridan and accommodates 47 gardens of various sizes.

Among the members of this community garden are Sagebrush student breeders. These Sagebrush elementary students have the unique opportunity to use their garden as a science experiment, research plot, art site, outdoor learning space, and more.

As students learn about self-determination, cooperation, and resilience, they will find year-round planting, watering, weeding, ideas, and harvesting. In addition to learning the basics of gardening, garden leader Jesse Beninik helped students take on new leadership roles and explore new interests, all enjoying the outdoors and growing their own food.

Talking to Stella Montano, a committee member at the Sagebrush Community Garden, the power of community gardens is based on knowledge and tolerance built on helping each other grow your selfish food. Gardeners help each other with irrigation and weeding. A combination of new and old gardeners, local neighbors, or people from all over the city introduced Stella and other gardeners to people they had never met.

Jim Douglas and his wife conspired in the Sagebrush Community Garden for eight years. “Everything is going well and we are even exchanging produce,” he said when there was a big garden turn. He said it was fun for him to be in the garden and it was a great place to get out of the tour and relieve stress.

Jim’s garden started as a salsa garden, but has since changed into a lot. This year it is growing squash, peas, cabbage, tomatoes, peppers and many other flowering plants.

Jim explains why community gardens are important: “Everyone understands everyone, if you don’t know much about gardening, they will tell you exactly how to do it and encourage you. It is truly a community garden. ”

The term community garden can mean different things to different people. It can be visually different or accommodate different plants, use season extensions or not, available only to the whole community or to a selected group.

No matter what the plot of the community garden is, community gardening gives people the opportunity to come together and do what they love while growing their own product and building a more tolerant community. Community gardens allow for understanding and solidarity when it is difficult to find them.

Although there is currently a reserve list for the 2022 gardening season in the Sajbrush community garden, he talked about how to expand this popular community garden.

“If you are on the fence, come and try on the fence,” said Montano. “There are always people who want to share their knowledge. Through this community garden we have built friendships and a community that would never exist. ”

Generally, a community garden is a single piece of land planted by a group of people. Community gardens use private or public land on private or public land to produce attractive fruits, vegetables, and / or plants.

To learn more about school and community gardens in Sher Ridden County, contact Wyoming at 307-675-2088 or outreach@rootedinwyoming.org.

He is a partner in building and maintaining a Wyoming-based school and community garden. We appreciate and nurture our natural environment, and encourage relationships with our local history and generations of education and entertainment. We encourage future generations by educating every child and providing fresh, local food.

Jodie Kennedy is the coordinator for promotion and project in Wyoming.

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