“Guerrilla gardening is political gardening, a form of nonviolent direct action done by Greens (environmental protestors). Activists take over an abandoned piece of land which they don’t own to grow crops or plants. The practices are non-violent, unlike guerrilla warfare that can cause bloodshed. Guerrilla gardeners believe in reclaiming land from perceived neglect or misuse and assigning a new purpose for it.
“Guerrilla gardeners will sometimes carry out their actions late at night geared up with gardening gloves, watering cans, compost, seeds and plants. They plant and sow a new vegetable patch or flowering garden. Others will work more openly, actively seeking to engage with members of the local community.” – Perma Wiki
Neighbor-established community gardens have been an axis for social and ecological change around the world. Now, in various cities, community gardens are under the wing of parks and recreation departments, with a legitimized claim to land use but a loss of freedom of self-management. On the dark side, the same community garden that brings beauty, self sufficiency and safety to a neighborhood may fall victim to commercial interests who want to make money off the “improved” location. Cynical city administrations will even sell previously useless municipal property, claiming the site occupied by a garden is “underutilized”.
However, in many neighborhoods and cities, community gardens provide a bridge between radical and traditional activists. They remain a fantastic way to bring communities together to learn mutual aid and self sufficiency, as well as water conservation, soil remediation, permaculture and veganic gardening methods, and cooperation with the earth’s plant and animal communities.
“Community gardening improves people’s quality of life by providing a catalyst for neighborhood and community development, stimulating social interaction, encouraging self-reliance, beautifying neighborhoods, producing nutritious food, reducing family food budgets, conserving resources and creating opportunities for recreation, exercise, therapy and education.” – American Community Gardens Association
Ten Tips on Gardening with Kids
Gardenweb Community Gardens Forum
Green Guerillas (NYC)
More Gardens! Coalition (NYC)
Earth Celebrations (NYC)
Capital District (NY State) Community Gardens
Portland (OR) Community Gardens
Idaho Falls Community Gardens
Veganic Gardening is a sustainable agriculture method based on using strictly plant-based fertilizers.
Permaculture models itself on natural, wild plant and animal communities. Food sources come primarily from perennial trees, shrubs, self-sowing annuals and tubers, using indigenous plants when possible, and fostering mixed communities of plants and animals.