Aug. 16, 2013: ‘Village’ gardeners reap all kinds of benefits, by Kiara Huff

August 16, 2013 by

web-KiaraHuff-MUGImagine a crisp salad. Good. Now imagine the ingredients. Tomatoes, lettuce, and carrots. Sounds good, right?

Well, what if all of those things were grown right in your own backyard?

Think of your neighborhood as a village. Within this village you could have your family and friends all working toward the same goal — to feed the community. When working toward this goal, you will feel healthier and proud to know that you are making dinner for you and your fellow villagers.

Gardening can tighten social bonds with those people who you may have thought had nothing in common with you, or maybe you just never had time to get to know them. But making time to garden will increase your relationships with your peers.

Saving money may be something that’s important to you. Gardening reduces the amount of money spent on produce. Buying one package of seeds lasts you all summer and autumn instead of buying one head of lettuce that lasts you a week.

Gardening once a day for 20 to 30 minutes will make you feel better all over. Not only will you be getting your daily workout, but you will also be eating nutritious foods that are grown right in your own backyard.

Even if your town does not have a community garden, you can still garden right at home. Maybe you could even share with your neighbors. Better yet, you can start your own community garden with your friends and family. The more, the merrier, right?

Our “village” of Concordia has a community garden on the Nazareth Motherhouse property (at the corner of 13th Street and Broadway), which provided space for many families’ gardens, either because they don’t have room or they just want to be part of a group.

— Kiara Huff will be an eighth grader at Concordia Junior High School. She is the daughter of Corey and Allison Huff.   

 

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