TAG: Community Gardens

Making Communal Use of Vacant Lots

Urban-farming

Over the decades many cities have suffered from population loss. This degeneration may show in the staggering amount of vacant lots and houses. On average, 15 percent of a city’s land is vacant. The term ‘vacancy’ can pertain to many things in relation to a city. Some lands deemed vacant are abandoned houses, others brown fields or empty lots. Even though these areas are unoccupied, sometimes deemed unsuitable for occupation, they can still cost cities considerable amounts of money. There have been temporary fixes for these vacancies, including use as a pasture or for storage. It is a sad state… read more

The Many Benefits of Green Spaces

Benefits of Green Spaces

Green spaces include parks, urban gardens, woodlands, and wildlife sanctuaries. They provide many environmental benefits, ranging from the promotion of biodiversity to the improvement of air quality. When green spaces include organic urban gardens, people have the opportunity to produce food locally, which reduces carbon emissions associated with food transport as well as the negative environmental impacts of packaging and pesticide use. However, research has shown that green spaces provide benefits that go far beyond environmental sustainability. Social benefits of green spaces include increasing a sense of community, reducing crime, and providing opportunities for public recreation. In addition, green spaces… read more

Green Efforts: St. Louis

Arch_St_Louis

In the previous “Green Efforts: Intro” article, we let off at Greensburg, Kansas. We now pick up a couple ball tosses over to St. Louis, Missouri. St. Louis is a city varied by culture and historical influence. Its lush fabric contains rich architectual heritage merged with a progressive downtown that illustrates the skyline. The city is punctuated by the Gateway Arch, which can be seen as an exclamation of the city’s revival. Despite its size, St. Louis has a low cost of living and in addition offers many free activities and attractions that can educate visitors just as well as they can entertain them. These are… read more

Hypertrophication Awareness

Polluted water in Africa

Community gardens are a proudly Swazi initiative wherein many communities around the country put concerted efforts into growing and maintaining vegetable gardens to feed orphaned children, the elderly and other people who are otherwise unable to provide for themselves. It is therefore important that the gardens continue to enjoy perpetual success, which success depends on sustainable and environmentally sound methods of farming. Since an overwhelmingly vast majority of the country is rural without running tap water, the community gardens are strategically positioned near water sources such as rivers and dams. Beneficial as it might be to have the water gardens… read more