The North Lauderdale Community Garden opened in mid-2011 and was immediately popular with residents. It featured 18 plots that could be rented for a year to cultivate edible or ornamental plants. The ultimate goal was to foster community cohesiveness while improving residents’ diets and providing opportunities for outdoor activity. These goals and others were achieved; however, in 2013 the City-owned property where the Garden was located was sold to Habitat for Humanity for the construction of affordable housing. Since then, efforts were underway to relocate the project to a larger and more visible parcel on the City’s main thoroughfare. Thanks in part to a 2014 Sow it Forward Grant and the Grow Your Park Grant (National Recreation and Park Association and Darden Restaurants), this came to fruition. The Community Garden is now located on the corner of Rock Island and Forest Blvd across from our City Hall.
North Lauderdale’s Community Garden Initiative aims to introduce residents of all ages to the fun and satisfaction of gardening while simultaneously creating a fresh supply of fruits and vegetables for the community to enjoy. The garden will significantly improve the aesthetics of the area while providing residents with a variety of benefits. Those who are interested could learn basic gardening skills from experts and then share that knowledge with children, grandchildren, neighbors and friends while working in the garden. When crops mature, the families that grow them will have an additional source of fresh fruits and vegetables to supplement their diets. Children could use the garden as an “outdoor classroom” that would allow them to learn basic lessons of botany and environmental science.
As part of North Lauderdale’s commitment to environmental sustainability, supplies such as flower pots and garbage bags would be purchased in recycle-able or biodegradable varieties whenever possible, and every effort would be made to manage the garden without the use of chemical fertilizers.
- Create a stronger sense of community among North Lauderdale residents
- Improve overall resident health by providing families and neighbors with fun, hands-on, outdoor activities while simultaneously creating a free or low-cost source of fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Engage North Lauderdale’s young people in a wholesome community activity that they can enjoy with friends and family.
- Teach basic gardening skills to residents of all ages.
- Beautify the neighborhood.
It is the sincere hope of City leaders that the successful realization of this project will not only improve the aesthetics of one neighborhood and provide residents with greater access to fresh fruits and vegetables, but also contribute to a sense of community and group stewardship that will reach beyond the garden gates.
Plots are available to residents for just $20 per year and $30 for non-residents. Residents interested in a plot, can download an application for the Community Garden by clicking here.
Do you have an idea of how we can improve the Community Garden? If so, please contact Sandy Lila at email@example.com. We would love to hear what's on your mind.