A Message on Community Gardens from David Procter, Director of K-State's Center for Engagement and Community Development
Research has found that community gardens can lead to the beautification and greening of many neighborhoods and can foster a spirit of community cooperation. Specifically, community elements such as improved health and welfare, food production, green space management, economic development, education, job development, recreation and tourism are all positively associated with the operation of community gardens. Design and construction of gardens also increases community-building capacity by developing and strengthening local partnerships.
This issue of our Engagement E-News features four stories of engaged partnerships building community gardens and the community-building roles they serve. The stories range from an elementary school learning garden to gardens that enhance the beauty of our local towns to gardens that promote nutrition and exercise to a garden at a local zoo that helps reduce water run-off and enhances habitat for butterflies and bees. We hope you enjoy this issue of Engagement E-News. Please feel free to contact us any time and continue to check out our website for many other examples of engaged campus and community partnerships: www.k-state.edu/cecd.