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Benefits of a community vegetables garden
Vegetables and food stuffs grow in community garden are organic and promotes the idea of safe food production. It also gives the freedom to the people to grow their foods who do not have any agricultural lands.
Dr. Subrato K. Kuri

Benefits of a community vegetables garden

Community garden or community vegetables garden is a western concept that encompasses the community members to create a vibrant and sustainable local food system. It is an idea that depicts as a group of people come together and grow their preferred vegetables and food stuffs together. The community garden is a place provided by the town councils to the people who have passion and need to grow their foods. It is usually free and leased for one growing season to the members. Along with the lands, the town council also provides farm implement, renewable electricity, water, and a facilitator to coordinate the members. However, members of the community garden also bring their seeds, commonly produces organic manures, and fertilizers, and harvest rainwater for irrigation. Vegetables and food stuffs grow in community garden are organic and promotes the idea of safe food production. It also gives the freedom to the people to grow their foods who do not have any agricultural lands. Community garden allows it members to fill up their plates with vivid and nutritious food items, which assure food and nutritional security.

In 2014, through a desk review of the FAO data, it is found that Bangladeshi people mainly depended on rice to meet their daily calories, carbohydrates, proteins, and fats requirement. It is a very alarming as we do not get sufficient nutrients, including amino-acids, good fats, vitamins, minerals, and fibers from rice. This phenomenon is the resultant of the monoculture of rice and less production and consumption of vegetables. The slum dwellers at the towns and landless people of the village areas are the victims of this event. Moreover, the people who lives in the food deserts of our country also observe the similar experience. However, still we have no data regarding the food deserts in Bangladesh.

Therefore, both city and village authorities of Bangladesh can take the opportunity to help the people who are in need. They can allocate a free government land to the people who want to grow their vegetables under the supervision of the community councils. They can also appoint an agriculture graduate who can act as a facilitator of the community garden. The community garden acts as a meeting place to the community people and build a strong sense of community among the members. They can share their foods, ideas, and thoughts with their fellow members as well as the members of the town council. Therefore, through the discussion sessions, innovative and workable solutions may come up for a toughest problem of the community.

Moreover, the community garden will create a sustainable local food system across Bangladesh that will promote the idea of safe food production. There are three dimensions of sustainable agriculture, including, ecological, economical, and cultural sustainability. Therefore, the community garden creates opportunities for healthy ecosystem as it practices organic agriculture. It also promotes economical sustainability as it requires inexpensive low inputs. Finally, it also creates an opportunity of vibrant cultural bonding among the members as the members have the freedom to choose and grow their food stuffs, which is compatible to their beliefs and cultures.

Therefore, community garden aligns with the idea of sustainable agriculture. Bangladesh’s ministry of agriculture can take necessary initiatives to establish the community gardens at the towns and villages. Moreover, the local people should also come forward and start dialogues with the local authorities to initiate community gardens at their localities. It should be kept in mind that food is a right that all human being should enjoy.

The writer is Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Extension Education, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Email: [email protected]