City Farmers Enjoy Growth

As city dwellers turn to homes on smaller plots of land or high rise living in apartments, the home garden is becoming more scarce, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help the environment by growing your own vegetables and herbs.

Community gardening is the way for people to gather, get their hands dirty and take pride in growing their own produce which they can share and serve up at their dinner tables for their family and friends.

University of NSW research has shown the city farm phenomenon has been driven by concerns about health and the environment, as well people seeking to overcome alienation.

Increasing costs of groceries and the prospect of food shortages are also factors that attract people to community gardens.

Not only is it good for your social life and health as well as the environment, community gardens have also proven to be a plus for real estate prices.

A study in the North American publication Real Estate Economics looked at housing values around community garden projects and found that in poor neighbourhoods where housing prices were significantly lower than in surrounding vicinities, values increased as much as 9.4 percent over the five-year period following a community garden’s opening. Research is yet to be available about this in Australia.

To get involved in your local community garden or to start one, contact your local council for more information.