This toolkit is designed to help community gardens assess their social impact. Social impact is defined as the benefits and resources that are created or shared because of relationships with in and around a community garden. Community gardens help build different kinds of relationships:
Relationships with other gardeners,
Relationships in a neighborhood or local community, and
Relationships with local organizations such as faith-based communities, neighborhood associations, food shelves, & local businesses.
Through these relationships community gardens offer different kinds of benefits that contribute to a garden’s social impact. Community gardens:
Provide opportunities for exercise,
Increase access to fresh and healthy food,
Break down barriers,
Teach people new skills and hobbies, and
Build and strengthen relationships.
Why use this toolkit?
Community gardens use this tool kick because increasing the social impact of a garden will increase the garden’s sustainability.
Conducted on behalf of Gardening Matters. Supported by Neighborhood Partnerships for Community Research (NPCR), a program of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) at the University of Minnesota.
Miller, Keith Sterling.
Community Garden Social Impact Assessment Toolkit.
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