Community Garden Project
A community garden is a wonderful way of bringing folks from all backgrounds together to share in something that nourishes the body, mind and spirit. No matter how young or old you are, there is a way for you to participate in this growing community.
"Food connects us all. It is a basic need that we have in common. Yet most people lack knowledge about where food comes from."
Pikes Peak Food Advisory Board
Not only is eating local, fresh grown vegetables and fruits better for your health than produce that is shipped thousands of miles, it is also better for the health of our planet. We are so used to the convenience of getting almost anything we want at the supermarket at any time of the year, that we don't realize how dependent we are on a certain set of conditions that are unreliable.
Did you know that only 3% of the food consumed in Colorado is produced here? This is because most of it is shipped out of state or used for livestock. Vermont, the state with the highest amount of local food production, is only at 7%. It is estimated that there is three days worth of food in the grocery stores. If the truck doesn't make it into town, the stores will be empty before long. This highlights the importance of being able to take of ourselves and our community locally. Food resilience is built upon knowledge and experience which if we don't have will leave us in a very vulnerable position.
Being part of a community garden connects us with the Earth and with each other. It teaches us about the interdependence of life and fosters a sense of gratitude for the way in which our existence is supported. By increasing our awareness of the seasons and growing cycles as well as the role that insects and other wildlife play, we can appreciate the complexity and beauty of living systems. As Thich Nhat Hanh, esteemed Buddhist teacher, says, "We inter-are".
It's enjoyable to take time away from our busy lives, to cultivate friendships and to discover how much we can accomplish by cooperating with each other.
If you would like to participate in our community garden, particularly if you live on the Westside of Colorado Springs or in Manitou Springs, please contact Ayya Dhammadhira, firstname.lastname@example.org