|Patel, I.C. 1992. Socioeconomic impact of community gardening in an urban setting. In: D. Relf (ed.). The Role of Horticulture in Human Well-Being and Social Development: A National Symposium. Timber Press, Portland, OR|
|Across the US, more and more land is becoming unavailable
for public use. It is estimated that over 20 percent of US land is held by
corporations, much of it around cities and suburbs where the need for
gardening space is acute. A 1982 Gallup Poll revealed over 3 million
Americans garden at community sites, an additional 7 million would garden
if land were available, and 76 percent of those polled would like gardens
to be a permanent part of their communities.
A setting for education and enjoyment is provided for all. School children learn the basics of horticulture and enjoy "getting their hands dirty." Economic opportunities are also created -- fresh vegetables and fruits improve nutrition in family diets and reduce food bills. Neighborhood appearances are improved and real estate value rises.