We know that community gardens are important and serve to provide a much needed food source. According to the American Community Gardening Association, community gardening improves people’s quality of life by providing a catalyst for neighborhood and community development, stimulating social interaction, encouraging self-reliance, beautifying neighborhoods, producing nutritious food, reducing family food budgets, conserving resources and creating opportunities for recreation, exercise, therapy and education.
The one-acre garden, located at 1010 W 10th St., is actually within a designated food desert, an area with minimal access to fresh, healthy, and affordable foods. The garden will benefit more than 500 households, 16 churches and two schools in Riviera Beach Heights and serve as a model for the entire City.
The RBCDC’s Gardening Program provides an opportunity for residents to learn about gardening and the importance of fruits and vegetables as part of a balanced diet. As the Gardening Program grows, we hope to connect the large garden with individual home gardens by encouraging residents to start their own garden.
To find out more about our children gardens, the Community Gardening Program, and upcoming activities, please visit our Community Garden Website.
There are many ways to get involved in volunteering in the garden. For more information, please contact Dennis Reichel, our Master Gardener, at 561-463-6020.