2017 Community Garden Summit
Community gardens provide a host of benefits to individuals and our shared community including providing garden space, education opportunities for adults and children, ability to create opportunities for all residents, regardless of circumstances, to have access to gardens. Gardening is also gaining in popularity, as it is becoming a form of recreation among the Baby Boomer generation providing a low impact way to stay active with little risk of injury. Equally important is the fact that community gardens also provide hands-on opportunities to talk about nutrition, and healthy eating helping to address the rising rates of obesity and diabetes in Centre County. (Diabetes diagnosis have increased year over year since 2015 in Centre County, and nearly one in four center county adults are considered obese. 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment )
On Wednesday, November 15, 2018, over 30 individuals, gardeners, stakeholders, and influencers came together to discuss community gardens, sustainability, our local food system and our health. Those present agreed that working together and solidifying partnerships would benefit community gardens in positive and meaningful ways.