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Re: Question: Environmental Benefits of Community Gardens

  • Subject: Re: [cg] Question: Environmental Benefits of Community Gardens
  • From: William Hohauser williamhohauser@earthlink.net
  • Date: Tue, 29 Aug 2006 18:45:01 -0400

Air quality I can't say but I do know that the community gardens in Manhattan attract all sorts of wildlife that normally stay away from urban areas. Our garden was surveyed for insect species and it was discovered that several varieties of wild bees had made their home in the garden. Our neighborhood has thriving communities of mockingbirds, nuthatches, catbirds, woodpeckers, wrens and other small birds that you would have never seen in a dense space like Manhattan only a decade ago. Some gardens with ponds have occasional heron visits which doesn't please them too much as the birds are looking for koi to eat.

William Hohauser
6th Street & Avenue B Garden


On Aug 29, 2006, at 9:26 AM, Kanthor, David wrote:

What are the environmental benefits of community gardens?
I am soliciting citations and links to academic studies with information that I can include for a project I am working on called GreenPlan Philadelphia, which is an open space plan.
I would be interested in any studies that discuss stormwater runoff coefficients, air quality benefits - especially CO2 sequestration, albedo levels, and possibly any general information about increased habitat for birds,
insects, and other biodiversity.
I know that is a lot of information to ask, but if you have answers or suggestions for any of these questions, that would be extremely helpful.
Thank you,
David Kanthor


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