What's the purpose of gardening?

Gardening invites you to go out, interact with other gardeners, and take care of your own need for exercise, healthy food, and a beautiful environment. If you're digging, dragging, and harvesting, your physical strength, heart health, weight, sleep, and immune system benefit. Many want to unmask and socialize, but fear COVID-19 infection. Gardening can reduce stress and mental clarity while helping prevent everything from coronary heart disease to colon cancer.

These are activities that, such as community gardening, take place in a garden space shared, but where the purpose of the activities is specifically related to the recovery, healing and restoration of the participants. For the purposes of this review, “communities” are defined as groups of people, either by geographical proximity or gathered as interest groups, who work together to develop and maintain a garden as a shared resource. Community gardening is defined as distinct, at least for the purposes of this review protocol, from residential or plot gardening based on individuals or families, and from city farms (where they only manage livestock) and other collective livestock management. Sometimes, this is enough to give you a sense of purpose and pride when plants take root and start growing.