About Second Start Community Garden (SSCG) -
SSCG Expansion -
The rhythm allows the youth to discover from the ground up, what it takes to be a
Plot size matters and so does location! Studies of community gardens estimate that a 64 square foot garden plot can save a family $600 in food purchases per year. SSCG plots average 400 square feet, which is enough space for gardeners to realize a substantial saving in food costs. Gardeners regularly donate surplus vegetables to local organizations such as the O.U.R. Center, to help fight hunger in our community.
SSCG has 53 plots. Plots can be rented by individuals or groups, with the fee determined on a sliding scale based on income (Regular $50 : <$30k annual household income $20 for a single 10’ x 25’). Gardeners sign a contract agreeing to attend clinics, plant by May 1st, and use organic gardening technique and water conservation practices.
Why is it called a community garden? It’s good for the community!
“Green spaces are an asset to disadvantaged neighborhoods to address affordable housing, crime prevention, and youth education programs that would engage the community in revitalizing their neighborhoods “as well as their beliefs and behaviors regarding conservation issues, sense of community and volunteerism” (Ohmer, 2009).
Social capital is generated by community gardens with persons who have “limited resources themselves (human and economic capital) so they access other resources through their direct and indirect social ties, which they use (social capital) for the purposive actions” (Glover, 2004).
Restorative environments are defined by “being away from mental activity that requires directed attention support to keep going”, “a place rich enough and coherent enough so that it constitutes a whole other world”, and “compatibility between the environment and one’s purposes and inclinations” to combat mental exhaustion or “any prolonged mental effort” leading to fatigue, restoring the simultaneous state of being calm, yet alert (Kaplan, 1995).