It is truly amazing what a community can do when its members band together and unite behind a common purpose. It is also amazing how effective the HOA can be in fostering this kind of community engagement. A good case in point is the green movement; across the country, community association boards have encouraged homeowners to unite behind recycling or clean energy endeavors, many of which have been quite successful.

But there are other ways in which a community can “go green”—like starting a community garden. There are a couple of reasons why communal gardening is something an HOA might consider supporting, beginning with the fact that it’s a great, Earth-friendly thing to do. Additionally, it can be a great way to foster a real bond of community between residents, and to get them working and fellowshipping together on a project that everyone will benefit from!

One of the biggest obstacles to a true community garden is a lack of space—but honestly, your HOA can encourage communal gardening even without communal space. Backyard gardening is something many families are likely to show an interest in—and when the crops begin to come in, homeowners can share their yield with one another!

A great way to foster this kind of community gardening is to arrange for some clinics or workshops for first-time gardeners. This may not be as daunting a task as it sounds. Many local gardening stores and nurseries are zealous for providing these clinics. A member of your HOA board can reach out to a local nursery and make the appropriate arrangements. All things considered, it should be an easy an inexpensive event to hold for your community.

This is not just true for large, spacious communities, either. A nursery can provide tips for window-box gardening, so even high-rise condo communities can get in on the communal gardening action.

Community gardening is a great way to bring your residents together. Consider launching such an initiative in your HOA this summer!

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