Urban Gardening: Gardening’s Important Role in Healthy Communities

Derek Thomas

Derek Thomas

Founder and President of Thomas Landscapes. Certified professional horticulturist and Master Gardener, a member of the Maryland Nursery and Landscape Association, and a member in good standing of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers.

Gardening is an amazing way to grow food that is healthy and delicious. It’s also a great way to connect with friends and family while getting some sun and exercise. However, people rarely consider the role of gardens in growing healthy, thriving communities.

Indeed, urban gardens can be hotbeds of community empowerment, from the financial security and freedom they can provide to their uncanny ability to build community bonds. Additionally, being able to connect with the land one lives on through gardening can be profoundly important for those who feel disconnected from the earth in modern times.

During this six-part series from my friends at the Anacostia Community Museum, virtual participants learn techniques for growing vegetables and herbs at home and explore the history of gardening in DC’s East of the River communities.

In this iteration, we look at how the presence of and access to green spaces shapes our daily lives. We are also joined by nationally-known Akiima Price, whose important work on the relationship between community well-being and nature is a joy to discover for the uninitiated.

There are more urban gardening webinars on the horizon, so follow me on Instagram for the latest info on my next free webinar!

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