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MP906, New April 2009

Community Gardening Toolkit

The benefits of community gardening

TodayAlthough most community garden programs before the 1970s were generally considered temporary solutions to food shortages, economic depression and civic crises, most advocates today claim that community gardens have permanent, long-term functions that provide a number of benefits to individuals, families and communities. Those benefits include, but are not limited to, the following:

Adapted from Multiple Benefits of Community Gardening, by Gardening Matters in Minneapolis. Online at


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