Niagara Gazette — Everyone can benefit from community gardens and the connections made while working in a community garden.
Throughout Niagara County, community gardening is growing in popularity. This year, CHP worked with 13 gardens and these 13 volunteer-worked gardens have planted enough square footage to feed 11 people the entire USDA recommended number of fruits and vegetables per day, for an entire year.
In a community with high rates of chronic diseases, such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes, these gardens can make a healthy impact in resident’s lives.
Creating Healthy Places (CHP) would like to acknowledge the time, effort, passion and dedication of these Niagara County gardeners and the differences they make.
Although the list of gardening efforts around the county is more extensive, the following is a list of the gardens CHP saw flourish this year:
• Abate Elementary School
• Niagara Falls High School
• Niagara Falls Culinary Institute rooftop garden
• St. James Church/Community Missions Gardens of Compassion
• Greenprint Niagara member gardeners at the Greenprint Garden Incubator on Main Street and Walnut Avenue Community Garden in Niagara Falls
• Niagara Arts and Cultural Center Summer Kids Program
• Aurora House (Lockport)
• Opportunities Unlimited at two residential homes and day rehabilitation sites (Niagara Falls and Wheatfield)
• Highland Community Vegetable Garden
Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work and Play (CHP) is a New York State Department of Health grant held by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County. CHP strives to increase access to healthy foods in Niagara County including efforts to support community gardeners.
Thank you to all the Niagara County community gardeners for your hard work in the community. Enjoy your harvest!Jennifer R. Grier is the program educator/marketing assistant for the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County.