the big question. ACGA folks have consumed a lot of adult beverages and
long distance phone time trying to figure it out. Nobody is really in a
position to keep track. One way is to take a known area, like my city of
Hartford, CT, which has 20 gardens and a population of about 120,000, or one
garden for every 6,000 people. Apply that ratio to the U.S. population and
you get about 25,000 gardens. There are numbers available for various
cities, so you could get a bit more creative in arriving at the best general
ratio. Then, of course you need to account for differences between urban
and rural areas, and differences among regions. More interesting might be
how many people use community gardens, since the gardens themselves vary so much
in size and purpose. I think National Gardening Association (NGA) may have
worked on developing an estimate in their last poll - worth asking them.
Hello Community Gardeners,
I asked a question about the community building aspect of
community gardens last month and folks were very helpful with replies. I
now have another question - does anyone know how many community gardens
(roughly) exist in the U.S. now days?
I want to say that I read somewhere a figure of about
10,000 - but I can't remember where I saw it. I was trying to use
this figure to make the point of the popularity of CG for a paper I am working
on and would love a source to quote from.
Thanks in advance if anyone has ideas on this.