Community gardens have the ultimate goal of educating community members about the importance of food sustainability, a more green lifestyle, hard work and community support. All across the country, from big cities to small towns, community gardens exist. Local people, be they business owners or just those who want to grow their own flowers or vegetables, come together to work the land and educate all those willing to learn a little more about it.
Sarasota is fortunate enough to have such a community garden and even better, lucky enough to have a number of community members and college students that support it with regular time spent maintaining the garden to ensure that it remains functional for future use.
The Orange Blossom Community Garden in Sarasota, FL, is a hidden gem within Sarasota County, located just off Orange Avenue. With the goal of building a sustainable community through gardening and education, community members are able to feed their families nutritional food and volunteers are able to learn about the gardening process as well as ensure these wonderful people are able to provide for their families, their plots of land and themselves.
The community garden has seen a number of Ringling College student-volunteers trading in their Cintiq pens for trowels and getting their hands dirty.
Every Saturday at 3pm (and on differing weekdays) Ringling Volunteers help out at the garden. Ringling College now has it’s own plot at the garden, where students are currently growing many vegetables!
Join in on the opportunity to further help the growth and development of our community by volunteering at the Orange Blossom Community Garden of Sarasota, FL. There are gardens both meant to look dazzling and to taste great once harvested. From roses, to onions, there is something here for everyone.
Interested in volunteering?
Contact Rachel Levey-Baker, firstname.lastname@example.org, Karen Arango, email@example.com, or Andy Angstadt, firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
The More You Know:
The American Community Gardening Association
This is a non-profit organization dedicated to the goal of educating the United States and Canada about a greener lifestyle and community building through the care of community gardens. This website offers advice on how to include gardening with children, getting started in the planning and process of your very own garden and where to find community gardens across the country as well as providing you other forms of support from gardening tools to finding a community garden nearest you.
Interested in learning more about community gardening? Want to be involved in a community garden once you leave Sarasota? This website will definitely be a big help. Check them out at: http://communitygarden.org .
By: Patricia Pete
Photos: Karen Arango, Susan Saulnier