Conscientious Cook: Start a Community Garden

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Are you growing food this summer? While we are totally inspired by Nika's deck garden, we know that some of you don't even have that much space, and some of you just want to spread your seedlings out and really dig into the earth.

That's where a community garden comes in. Community gardens are public or donated plots of land where a whole community can come together and plant flowers and vegetables. They bring green plants and fresh fruits and vegetables into urban areas, and often they give kids their first look at how their food is grown. There's an article here about the effects of community gardening in Pittsburgh.

Interested in finding a community garden, or starting one in your neighborhood? The American Community Gardening Association is a great source of information. If you're interested in organizing one of these gardens, it could be a great service to your community.

(Image credit: American Community Gardening Association)

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.