The Local Planetary Garden
Community Gardens are pieces of land where groups of people grow and maintain vegetable, fruit trees and flowers. They can be found in all types of areas on public or private lands.
Community gardens can be devoted to vegetable gardens and orchards or to build community green houses and nurseries for seeds with special regard to the local species, which promote bio-diversity.
On a wider scale, in the context of the planet, these green areas can be considered like a planetary garden. The Earth is a garden and all people become workers who safeguard the diversity of species. People are not just exploiters but living beings capable with their actions to create harmony in the delicate balance with the environment. Therefore a Planetary Garden becomes the place for the collection of all varieties of plants and stories produced by geographies and cultures.
The planetary garden gives the possibility to reconvert dismissed public or private county areas into green community allotments where people can meet and boost their skills, their mental and physical health so as to regain a sense of belonging to a community.
This kind of activity is getting more popular than ever and many local authorities all over the world are managing to meet demand for allotments.
Growing plants, flowers and vegetables is a special pastime activity that can be enjoyed by individuals and groups of all ages, abilities and financial means.
Community gardens have a social and educational function beyond their mere role of offering produce, as a matter of fact they highlight that the practical growing activity is providing a good way to introduce people to healthy eating and sourcing food for local consumption or sale at low cost. Community gardens engage a range of people, young and old, also in areas of high unemployment.
Recently in Leno (Brescia) an open area of grassland has been devoted by the council to a community garden.
In future families on low income or retired people or students of all ages will be able to take advantage of the produce that council green houses or community gardens will offer. Leno urban area will be qualified and beautified and people will be given the opportunity to improve their way of living by enjoying the benefits of living in touch with nature in a urban context.
The students of the “CAT” Course of the High School V. Capirola in Leno have planned examples of green houses, nurseries for seeds and subdivisions of spaces to be devoted to community gardens.
In particular the Council government and the Donato Leonense Cultural Group are going to create free horticultural courses open to all the members of the community.
Working together for the pleasure you get from what you are doing, reinforcing the sense of community and developing self-reliance are some of the targets that the “local planetary garden” wants to achieve.
Therefore the green areas will become new recreational places where to encourage social interactions across cultures and generations.