In our effort to create healthier communities, we are investing in developing and expanding community and school gardens, to include the Sandpoint Senior Center and Mountain States Early Head Start. Studies show that people who garden, or who live with someone who gardens, tend to eat more fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. Increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables has healthy benefits.
Some of The Benefits of Community Gardens.
Eating more organic local produce reduces exposure to chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
Community gardens help increase neighborhood awareness often reducing crimes in the area.
Natural areas like community gardens have many positive mental health benefits; such as reducing fear, anger, blood pressure, and muscle tension.
Provide a safe place for youth to interact with peers and become involved in positive activities.
Community gardens increase a sense of ownership, stewardship and foster the development of a community identity and spirit.
Our Community Gardens
"Community gardens are of great importance to me because they bring individuals together as a community to provide nutritious produce to individuals of that community. A few of the many benefits are: exercise, sun exposure, sense of community, fresh/preservative free produce, and a reduction in stress.” Dave, RN with Home Health