Meteoric urbanization in India provokes a massive rural population to migrate to the cities for seeking employment and education. Whopping expansion of the cities has subjected the city dwellers into an unhealthy environment and lifestyle. Starting a community garden can succor the urban poor with their livelihood and add some green cover in the area.
A community garden is a small parcel of land on which volunteers from your community having green fingers can grow and harvest plants. Community gardening is done on either private property or a common land while harvesting diverse varieties of fruits, vegetables, and ornamental plants to improve the ecosystem of a community.
Community garden is a great concept that can co-exist in both rural and urban India. It can provide a livelihood to the villagers and they don't have to migrate to the cities seeking employment. It brings together children, adults, and the youth to participate in adorning the neighborhood and getting close to nature in highly urbanized cities where pollution is at its peak.
Community gardens are similar to parks where the community members plant their own crops. The gardens are supported by different organizations like members from a community, apartment complex committee, a particular company, gardening and horticulture societies or a group of ecologists. A community garden is an organic establishment where you have to take care of the crops from weeds and insects, birds and other animals which can damage the crops and pollinate in the area. Administration roles like management, budgeting, and communication are important.
Before starting a community garden you have to be aware of the many steps involved in the process. A meeting should be organized with interested people in your neighborhood, apartment complex and gardening societies. Here is how you can start a community garden successfully.
Community gardens can connect people to each other and nature and reduce the crime rate as well. Due to the swift expansion of cities, people are restricted to apartments and the crime has also increased as the urban world is busy working. For many of us, our neighbors are strangers and the culprit is acknowledged with it.
There is an increase in property crimes, crime on senior citizens and children and murder in recent years in India. Most of the culprits are known to the victim and from the same or nearby community. Community gardening brings together people from different sections of the community with different personality and culture to work together and get closer to each other which reduce the crime rate.
When people from neighbourhoods participate in community garden the entire community is benefited. Community gardens achieve various purposes like aesthetic and community improvement, health improvement and soil conservation. Here are a few advantages of community gardening.
The decline in agricultural productivity results in the risk of food security as the majority of youth now is disinterested in agriculture. Inflation in the food prices in India has made it impossible for the urban poor to afford it here is where community gardens become relevant.
Community garden makes a city safer in terms of food and economy and renders livelihood to the urban poor. To meet the emerging health risks of pollution is it a great venture to grow fruits and vegetables in the neighborhood that provide health benefits as well as improves socialisation.