Gardens have been popping up all over the country, partly due to the Great Recession, and partly due to the food revolution that’s occurring. From the White House to rooftops to local neighborhood garden plots, everyone seems to be getting their hands dirty these days.
If you live in New York City, there are several opportunities in the area for gardening, according to The New York Times. These farms are “attracting locavores, green-minded students and urbanites suffering from nature-deficit disorder who yearn to raise produce and livestock for a day, a week or longer.”
Farms that welcome volunteers in the New York metro area include: Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island; Quail Hill Farm in Amagansett; and Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills. In New Jersey, try Honey Brook Organic Farm. And if you want to venture farther afield, try Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, Vermont.
If you want to grow your own plot of produce but don’t have space where you live, see what’s available in your community. For example, in Holland, Michigan, members of the Teusink Neighborhood Garden invite residents who live within a two-mile radius to rent a 4′ x 10′ plot for $15 from April 17 through October 16, 2010.
To find a community garden in your community, check out the American Community Gardening Association (ACGA), whose mission is to build community by increasing and enhancing community gardening and greening across the United States and Canada. Explore the ACGA’s database of community gardens using their interactive map.