Re: [cg] Community Gardens in suburbs
Here in West Hartford, Connecticut, an affluent
and densely developed suburb, the town Parks Department runs a popular community
garden program in three separate areas. I first had a plot when renting an
apartment in 1991 and it always seems a disproportionate number of gardeners are
renters, condo-dwellers, or people with 1/8 acre lots (like I now have).
Given that many of the town's minority population also live in such places,
gardeners are a much more ethnically diverse group than is the town as a
whole. There also seems to be a strong contingent of older
gardeners. Many have yards, but some have told me they like community
gardens because they can avoid having a patch of bare earth for six months of
the year and also because the town tills the gardens, delivers composted leaves,
and has provided water lines. I think garden organizers in affluent areas
should seek town support and expect to attract gardeners from the less affluent
or older residents, not from the attorneys and corporate
community gardens been successful in the more affluent suburbs?