Novato Community Garden/Novato Live Well Network
Establishing a Community Garden in Novato has been a long-time goal of the Novato Live Well Network. We see the value and importance of providing our community access to a community garden. There are many benefits to community gardens including enhancing individual and community health, social engagement and ecological benefits. We see the garden as a way to build community, enhance social connections, grow healthy food, educate youth and adults about health and food, and promote ecologically sustainable methods of farming and energy use.
Many Novato residents living in apartments or condominiums lack access to healthy fresh food and recreational opportunities. Among these residents we find some of the most disadvantaged members of our community such as low-income families and individuals, seniors, recent immigrants, and young children. These individuals are statistically disproportionately impacted by food insecurity, a lack of nutrient-rich foods, and being at high risk for health conditions such as obesity and diabetes. Community gardens offer a sustainable community-based strategy for addressing these needs by providing people of all ages, ethnicities and socioeconomic status access to land to grow fruits and vegetables to supplement their diet.
The Novato Community Garden will increase the availability of and access to healthy, organic, locally grown food; promoting healthy eating and active living as the norm in our community. The project is particularly committed to targeting, engaging, and including diverse and disadvantaged community members.
Community gardens have the unique potential to bring together a wide range of Novato residents to support each other, reconnect with natural systems, and reap the benefits of improved nutrition and exercise for a small amount of resources relative to other community-based efforts. Educating children and youth on healthy nutrition and sustainable methods of growing food can prepare then for a health future and decrease health risks.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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Kitchen Gardeners International
3 Powderhorn Drive,
Scarborough, ME, 04074, USA