New website launched to promote community gardens

River and Roots vice president Brian Nigro waters seeds with the help of his daughter, Rita. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

A new website launched this week offering educational materials and locations of community gardens, which are single pieces of land gardened collectively by a group of people.

The website outlines the benefits of community gardens across Long Island, including Riverhead’s River and Roots Community Garden program.

Southampton Town is also in the start-up phase of a community garden in Flanders that will be built at David W. Crohan Community Center property on Route 24.

The website was created in partnership with Stony Brook University Family Medicine’s Community Roots Project, the Suffolk County Food Policy Council and Sustainable Long Island.

Members of Sustainable Long Island and four of Stony Brook University Family Medicine’s dietetic interns developed the website over the last four months, compiling information on the benefits, concerns, and types of community gardens across Long Island. The interns will continue to update and maintain the website, its blog, and and emails coming in.

“Community gardens are a fantastic way to promote healthy eating, build community awareness, and to educate adults and children alike about agricultural and environmental stewardship,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said in a statement. “This website provides our citizens with the information and tools they require to seed and grow community gardens across Long Island.”

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(Credit: Community  website screen shot)
(Credit: Community website screen shot)