Community Gardens Program
How does a community garden help refugees?
Community gardens offer small, family-sized plots where growers increase their self-reliance and meet their food needs. Many growers come to us with gardening or farming experience from their home countries, and are resettled into apartment complexes with no space for gardens. Growers who arrived as refugees or immigrants can cultivate crops from their home countries that may be hard to find in local stores.
Gardens tend to be intergenerational, and families spend time working together outdoors in the garden, improving physical and mental health outcomes. Younger generations can spend time and learn from their elders, and food and agricultural traditions can be passed on.
Global Gardens manages one community garden site, and 9 others are managed by community partners, including religious congregations and neighborhood landowners, who have both land and a volunteer force to keep the garden running. Demand for community garden plots is always high, with more than 300 families participating. If you or your organization would like to host a community garden, we can help you get started.