As we mentioned last week, the heart and soul of a community garden is its members. Although most people imagine community gardens to be a few raised beds serving a handful of families, they are actually as diverse as their human counterparts, ranging in size, function, purpose, style, and vegetation. In Greenville, each garden is unique in its own way and over the next few weeks we will highlight some of the diversity found among Greenville community gardens, starting with the most recognizable: the neighborhood community garden.
For most people, the traditional community garden is located in a neighborhood setting to help build community ties while experimenting in the garden. In neighborhoods both large and small, gardens are supported by the surrounding residents. Most garden volunteers live in the neighborhood surrounding the garden, creating a heightened sense of community and place. Although neighborhood gardens may receive volunteers from outside residences, they are primarily organized and run by local residents dedicated to the garden effort.
Here in Greenville, community gardens are in neighborhoods all across town, possibly right near you! For example, Greenville Organic Foods Organization (GOFO) sponsors a community garden in the North Main neighborhood. Greengate Community Initiative started a community garden on reclaimed land in their neighborhood on the eastside. The Hampton Street Children’s Garden works with neighborhood children to grow produce to distribute to residents in the Hampton-Pickney Historic District. City of Greenville also supports gardens in the Greenline-Spartanburg and Nichotown neighborhoods. To the north, innovative residents in Sans Souci planted a community garden to support friends and neighbors last year. Overall, neighborhood gardens are robust and flourishing in Greenville. If your neighborhood or community association does not yet have a garden, contact Gardening for Good to discuss the possibility today!