May 31, 2011

Why your playground needs a community garden

What do playgrounds and gardens have in common? Both bring communities together, get people outdoors, and serve as active learning environments. According to our friends at Yellow Tractor Gardens, "The whole cycle of life becomes much more evident for kids when they can not only see what's happening but taste what's happening, too."

A garden makes a great addition to almost any playspace, and like a playground, it can be created by a dedicated group of volunteers in 5-6 hours. You don't necessarily need tons of space -- a 16 x 20 foot in-ground garden can generate over 300 pounds of vegetables in its first year!

If you've been mulling the idea of enhancing your playground with a garden, this new video with Amy Fox and Theresa Mezebish of Yellow Tractor Gardens will help you get started:

See our on-demand workshop with the Yellow Tractor Program on community-built gardens and get tips from Yellow Tractor on how to fund a community garden.

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