Community Gardening for Edgewater, FL

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According to the USDA's Economic Research Service, Edgewater contains tracts in which at least 500 people or 33% of the population lives farther than 1 mile from the nearest supermarket AND tracts where more than 100 housing units do not have a vehicle and are more than ½ mile from the nearest supermarket. Research here.

According to the US Census Bureau 2009-2013, 11.2% of Edgewater, FL's population is living below the poverty level. Research here.

This means that many residents of Edgewater, FL may be unable to access fresh, quality food. The USDA's definition of a food desert is: parts of the country vapid of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthful whole foods, usually found in impoverished areas. 
While Edgewater is not an extremely impoverished location, residents of Edgewater, FL would greatly benefit from a community garden.

Low-income and impoverished individuals and families aren't the only ones who could benefit from a community garden. Retirees, families, and anyone with a passion for gardening will benefit from a community garden in Edgewater.

The whole community will benefit! Here are some reasons why the City of Edgewater should create a community garden(or two, or three...):

  1. Increased property values! Research here.
  2. Turning vacant lots into managed, well-cared for gardens.
  3. More active & involved local community. 
  4. Making new friends with fellow gardeners & sharing tips, tricks, & recipes.
  5. Trading or donating excess produce so that no food is wasted.
  6. Gardening itself has multiple health and wellness benefits, in addition to adding more fresh produce to one's diet. 

Other cities with community gardens in the area include:
New Smyrna Beach, Deltona, Sanford, and multiple locations in Orlando, FL. Link to map!

Let's get Edgewater gardening!!



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