The Best Cities for Urban Gardening

We've covered the best cities for livability, eco-friendliness, walkability, renting and affordability — but what if satisfying your green thumb by growing food is your thing? According to the Trust for Public Land, the following 10 US cities have the most community gardens per capita:The following cities were noted for their high rates of community gardens — ones that are often used to produce food for those in need, are associated with youth programs and in some cases have reduced local crime.

1 Seattle: "Seattle's P-Patch Program provides 68 gardens for residents throughout the city, with plans for four additional gardens by the end of 2009. Their volunteer-run community gardens offer 1,900 plots and serves more than 3,800 urban gardeners on 23 acres of land."

2 Portland: "There are 32 community gardens located throughout the city, developed and operated by volunteers and Public Parks & Recreation staff. There is a Produce for People program, which donates fresh produce to local hunger agencies as well as an in-school and after school gardening program."

3 Long Beach: "Long Beach Organic started as the vacant lot task force, identifying vacant lots and turning them into community garden spaces. Over the past seven years LBO has maintained many gardens, including three community gardens and one demonstration garden at the local nursery."

4 St. Paul: "The Blooming Saint Paul program started in 2000 as an initiative to make St. Paul the nation's 'Most Livable City'. There are 17 community gardens in the city and about half of the gardens are run by non-profits and the other half are open to the public with plots available to rent."

5 Honolulu: "THonolulu's Community Recreational Gardening Program was started in 1975 to provide people living in Honolulu's densely populated communities access to garden plots. Each garden is comprised of individual plots, making a grand total of 1,254 plots for public use."

Learn about the other 5 cities and read the full report here: Which 10 Cities Have the Most Urban Gardens?

via: Natural Home Magazine and The Daily Green

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