Community Gardens Gaining Popularity

By: Jason Volentine Email
By: Jason Volentine Email

Community gardens have been gaining popularity in the last few years. The organization Community Crops has 15 gardens in and around the Capital City, a farm and a farmers market. It's not a money maker, it's just a way for people to grow food and make Lincoln more beautiful.

Professional farming is something Neal Delfeld has no interest in. He just likes to grow fresh from the garden so he can have vegetables for his family.

"We're all about having fresh, organic vegetables," said Delfeld.

He's like many community gardeners who are churning through Lincoln's soil. And while the gardens grow from soil in the Capital City, the gardeners have roots from all over the world.

"It's really interesting being here because there's literally people from all over the world - Bosnia, Zimbabwe, Peru," said David Kaseman.

David Kaseman is actually tending to the garden of a friend from Brazil.

"The best way to do community is to grow together," said Kaseman.

One of the many benefits of community gardening is economic; gardeners say you can potentially save hundreds of dollars.

"The tomatoes I have here, it costs $2 for the pack of seeds, and I'm going to get enough that I can donate half the crop and still have jars and jars to last through the winter," said Delfeld.

Gardeners can also sell their produce at the Community Crops farmers market, but many say it's much more about making the community beautiful by growing on lots that would otherwise sit vacant and producing something for all of Lincoln to enjoy.

"I donate it to Matt Talbots or Foodnet - anywhere that will take it; they usally like those good fresh vegatables," said Delfeld.

Community crops is easy to use, you simply sign up for a plot of land, and then garden. All the land is donated by businesses or individuals who aren't using it so those lots don't sit empty. The plots are full for this year, but you can still visit one of the markets, just click on the link below.

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