Community gardens are any piece of land gardened by a group of people. They can be located at a school, church, or residential area. They can grow any combination of vegetables, herbs, and flowers. They can consist of one community plot or many individual plots. With funding from the City's Fit 2 Live Community Garden Program, the number of community gardens in North Little Rock has increased from one to 20 in just five years.
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Benefits of Community Gardens
- Improve the quality of life for people in the garden.
- Provide a catalyst for neighborhood and community development.
- Stimulate social interaction.
- Encourage self-reliance.
- Beautify neighborhoods.
- Produce nutritious food.
- Reduce family food budgets.
- Conserve resources.
- Create opportunity for recreation, exercise, therapy and education.
- Reduce crime.
- Preserve green space.
- Create income opportunities and economic development.
- Reduce city heat from streets and parking lots.
- Provide opportunities for intergenerational and cross-cultural connections.
The City of North Little Rock supports community gardens through the Fit 2 Live Community Garden Program, which makes $40,000 per year available to support the establishment or improvement of community gardens and urban farms, with the goal of increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables, physical activity and neighborhood connections. Community groups, faith-based organizations, and schools may request up to $5,000 for garden construction materials, tools, and certain other expenses. The Funding Proposal Form can be downloaded at the link below. Save the fillable PDF and email the completed form to email@example.com.
The annual proposal deadlines are February 1 and August 1.
Resources for Funded Gardens
Fillable PDF for progress reporting. Please email to Fit 2 Live.
Other helpful documents:
Partners - who can help make our garden a success?
Community Garden Managers' Meeting
Community garden managers and interested individuals meet regularly on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. at North Little Rock Neighborhood Services, 3427 N Magnolia Street. This is an informal meeting to share successes, challenges, and resources.
Community Garden Advisory Committee
The North Little Rock Public Community Garden Advisory Committee steers the program and makes funding decisions. Membership is open to past and present Fit 2 Live-affiliated garden managers in good standing with the program. Contact us if you would like to serve on the committee.
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