REPAIRER OF BROKEN WALLS INC. Going Green Mobile Community Garden will be open to all up to elderly or retired persons age 60-65+ years old. The garden also services Repairer of Broken Walls Inc. demographics youth age 16-24 and younger. Churches, schools, citizens groups, private businesses, local parks and recreation departments are all potential supporters. Target goal is to service at least 100 individuals/families per year.
· Food production — Community gardens enable people to grow high quality fruits and vegetables for themselves, their families and their communities.
· Nutrition— Some research indicates that community gardeners eat more fruits and vegetables than nongardening families.
· Exercise— Gardening requires physical activity and helps improve the overall physical health of gardeners.
· Mental health — Interacting with plants and nature helps reduce stress and increase gardeners’ sense of wellness and belonging.
· Community— Community gardens foster a sense of community identity and stewardship among gardeners. They provide a place for people of diverse backgrounds to interact and share cultural traditions.
· Environment — Gardens help reduce the heat island effect in cities, increase biodiversity, reduce runoff from rain, recycle local organic materials and reduce fossil fuel use from long-distance food transport.
· Learning— People of all ages can acquire and share skills and knowledge related to gardening, cooking, nutrition, health, culture, etc.
· Youth— Community gardens provide a place for youth to explore gardening, nature and community.
· Income— Produce grown at community gardens may be sold or used to offset food purchases from the grocery store.
· Crime prevention — Community gardens can help reduce crime.
· Property values — Some research indicates that property values around community gardens increase faster than property values in similar areas without gardens. Above all, community gardening can provide a real sense of satisfaction and accomplishment for all involved.