“Community gardening is a more than a century old tradition in the United States, and is still just as needed today
as during the formative years of the 1890s.With high unemployment rates, increasing food insecurity, and the ever-
growing prevalence of obese Americans, community gardens have the potential to simultaneously alleviate multiple
societal ills, while at the same time highlighting the assets of communities.”
From: Draper, Carrie and Freedman, Darcy (2010) 'Review and Analysis of the Benefits, Purposes, and Motivations
Associated with Community Gardening in the United States', Journal of Community Practice, 18: 4, 458-492.
We at Salem Community Gardens are proud to offer the residents of Salem - one of the most densely populated cities
on theNorth Shore - a place to raise some of their own food, the training to be successful, and a recreational outlet that
appeals toresidents of all ages, means, and physical abilities. Our 380 gardeners come from every corner of the city,
many living inhousing without access to yard space.
Not only does your donation help us raise money to support our primary work of managing our four organic community
gardens, it also helps support our Community Share Plot – a garden planted and maintained for the neighbors of our
PalmerCove Park garden. It will buy materials for our ongoing educational initiatives focused on school-age and pre-
school children in Salem schools. Finally, it will provide seed and materials for our donation gardens – planted,
maintained, and harvested by community garden volunteers for the St. Joseph’s Food Pantry.
These programs are three important ways we further support the residents of Salem as a whole and we feel they are
“Youth gardening programs… were found to promote youth development (e.g., social relationships, respect for other
individuals and cultures), improve access and consumption of healthy foods, and increase science achievement and
environmental attitudes…” (Draper and Freedman, 2010).
For more information on how your donation is helping to make a difference in our community, we invite you to read
other articles on our website.