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Is There A Community Garden I Can Join?

If you search for community gardens in New York City on OASISNYC you will find around 600 gardens but no contact names listed. Maybe that is not the best way to go about finding a community garden. It is a good place to start.
Here's a few other ideas.
Some community gardens have their own website which will have information about joining, list meeting times and open hours and even have a garden history. If a community garden does have an extensive website that is up to date the group is probably very organized or at least has one very organized member. Much of the business of the garden may be done via the internet like paying dues via PayPal, signing up for assignments on a Google doc or sharing news and information via a Yahoo or Google group or an e-mail list. If this is the case and you are not comfortable with this technology then this may not be the right garden for you.
Not every community garden group is tech savvy so one of my recommendations is to take a walk around the neighborhood and visit the garden that you are interested in joining. This way you can talk to the community gardeners and get a feel for what the group is like. Just like finding a job or a college, a face to face interview or a visit goes a long way toward making the right decision.
Just remember that community gardening is not solely a virtual activity. You will get your hands dirty and develop relationships with your neighbors with whom you may not normally connect. Those are just a couple of the personal benefits of being a community gardener.

To see more: http://commmunitygardening.blogspot.com

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  • Alexandra Arena
    Alexandra Arena Forest Hills, NY
    on Jul 3, 2013

    WOW! Love the raised garden "beds" in the third picture, Lenny! I can't believe you guys are in Staten Island. I'll have to stop by with @Miriam I!

  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Jul 3, 2013

    I was just thinking about this! I've been participating in @Bren Haas #gardenchat on Twitter and I've been wishing for a place to garden. (I live in a high-rise - not even a balcony!) Thank you so much for your post. LOVE the beds. :)

  • Deltagardener
    Deltagardener Canada
    on Jul 3, 2013

    as a community garden mentor, I love seeing your garden. Thanks for sharing.

  • The Garden Stamp
    The Garden Stamp Frederick, MD
    on Jul 4, 2013

    Great post!

  • Linda @ Mixed Kreations
    Linda @ Mixed Kreations Joshua, TX
    on Jul 6, 2013

    Love the raised garden beds in third picture. Cute and Very creative!

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