What Are Shared Gardens And What Advantages Do They Have

Shared urban gardens
Shared urban gardens. Image: Johnbraid Shutterstock

The gardens shared  are a good choice for all those people who want to grow their own food and for those who have land. Thus, those people who need land to cultivate can contact those who have and do not cultivate it.

It is a movement that began in Spain in 2011. Whose philosophy is to share orchards to make the land produce. Organic gardening is shared.

What are shared gardens?

It is a philosophy in which the person who has the land but cannot work on it. Share it with someone who has the time and desire to cultivate. It is a community and ecological agriculture.

With this method we are not talking about leasing the land. The person who has the land gives it to someone who is going to cultivate it, and then share the harvest. In this way they both make a profit and produce their own fruits and vegetables.

The gardens shared  encourage:

  • Urban horticulture.
  • The recovery of traditional orchards.
  • Organic farming.
  • Food sovereignty (self-sufficiency).
  • Local food production.
  • Solidarity, cooperation and volunteering.
Urban garden. Image: YuRi Photolife Shutterstock

What are the advantages of a shared garden?

The advantages of shared gardens can be many. Both for the people who share it, and for the environment. Let’s get to know some of them.

  • A way to make use of land that is idle due to lack of time for its owner to produce it.
  • Help those who have the time but not the land to grow and produce their own fruits and vegetables.
  • Grown foods are for self-consumption. This generates a better quality of food for those who share the garden and their families.
  • Thermal inertia and the earth make the orchard absorb heat, reducing the temperature.
  • The leaves release oxygen during the night, through photosynthesis. thus improving the air you breathe.
  • They reduce pollution.
  • Organic waste decreases. These residues can be transformed into nutrients for urban gardens.
  • It becomes a savings. It is always cheaper to have your own garden than to buy vegetables in a supermarket.
  • Food quality is superior. Organic food is more nutritious and healthy.

Participating in a shared garden  is good for:

  • Physical and mental health.
  • The environment, because it reduces CO2 and favors biodiversity.
  • Life in community, fostering social relationships and cooperation.
  • The economy, since many people can save on their food expenses.
  • Food sovereignty and security, by promoting local products.

How to be part of this initiative?

If you would like to grow your own fruits and vegetables but you don’t have a space of land to do it. Either you have the land but you don’t know, you can’t or your time isn’t enough to cultivate. You are the perfect candidate to join this great idea.

There are many neighborhood or private associations and groups that are dedicated to being the bridge that connects landowners with people who want to start farming in an ecological way. You just have to look for yours in your city.

The idea is that the orchards can serve as a meeting point so that in this way organic production grows, food is healthier and the environment is taken care of.

Any orchard that is created under this modality must be ecological, the product of this crop must be used for self-consumption. Although it is possible to barter products with other organic gardeners.

The cession of the land is free. The intention of this project is to help each other in achieving a goal.

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