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"Grow Your Own" Idea "Seeds" Taking Root in MT

June 21, 2007

Helena, MT - Sowing the seeds of strong neighborhoods. Volunteers and school students in Helena are working on setting up community gardens in neighborhoods throughout town, and they hope to inspire other cities to do the same. Rachel Conn with AmeriCorps notes that a garden is a nice view for neighbors, and an important source of nutrition, especially in low-income areas.

“It offers the chance for people to grow their own food, save money, and eat well. It offers a chance for people to engage in their community.”

Several studies have shown community gardens can raise area property values, reduce crime, and spur business activity. The Department of Health and Human Services is on board with the idea, already awarding a grant to the projects.

Conn says a community garden is like an old-time mini town square where people can talk about the issues of the day, and organize if they want to take action.

“It would allow people to come to a place on common ground. It's also an educational tool to talk about nutrition and to exercise.”

Studies on community gardening benefits summarized at

Deborah Smith/Jamie Folsom, Public News Service - MT