Marin IJ Articles
April 16, 2011
Experiencing the transformation of raw organic debris into fertile humus and then into a cornucopia of fresh nutritious food is also deeply satisfying. The rhythms of the garden — digging the soil, sowing the seed and harvesting the crops — can be a grounding and reverent practice. Meanwhile, the awe that can be inspired by the direct observation of the ineffable dance of insects, worms and other microorganisms and fungi as they interact and support — or decimate — our plants, can be a powerful experience to some, an example of the universe looking back on itself as we explore our
In the end, what have we done? By serving our community and the ecology that supports it, we receive the gift of what it means to be good land stewards and a productive part of our local and world community. By supporting the beneficial insects, by teaching our young healthy
So, how can we best share these with our greater community? Enter the community garden. A community garden can be a place of refuge to escape daily drudgery or boredom, a place for meditation and grounding, as well as a place for people to grow and thrive. In addition to the positive physical, emotional and psychological benefits, there are the added benefits of social networking, getting to know the neighbors and making new friends, the bonding of the local tribe. The interactions made in the healing environment of a garden can form lifelong relationships, promoting the sharing of ideas, interests and concerns, and nourishing the soul of the community.
As we move closer to oil scarcity, the depletion of water supplies, global warming and the resultant political unrest, the close-knit community with a productive garden can form the safety net should things get difficult. A community accustomed to working together for the health of its members and the environment is one that can survive difficult situations.
How unfortunate that a community such as Marin has more than 200 people waiting to get plots in six neighborhood gardens, and other communities who want gardens are up against political walls trying to get
The needs assessment further describes not only the need for expansion of these opportunities within the county, but also more of the tangible benefits such as better nutrition, exercise, environmental literacy and improved neighborhood aesthetics that community gardens provide.