Gardening is an active participation in the deepest mysteries of the universe. – Thomas Berry
One of the most important resources that a garden makes available for use, is the gardener’s own body. A garden gives the body the dignity of working in its own support. It is a way of rejoining the human race. – Wendell Berry
Our community garden, as of the spring of 2017, is available to individuals in the area who wish to learn more about growing fruit and vegetables using organic and permaculture* techniques. Other reasons for providing this facility include:
- to promote community cohesion and good local relations;
- to help people reconnect with nature;
- to help people learn the lost skills of vegetable and fruit growing.
We are grateful to D.A.E.R.A. for their generous financial support to help us develop the community garden.
Social horticulture. Using gardening in this way is an example of social horticulture. This is sometimes referred to as community horticulture – it is a leisure or recreational activity related to plants and gardening. No treatment goals are defined, no therapist is present, and the focus is on social interaction and horticulture activities.
Common Ground is proud to host a Grow It Yourself GIY group – this is a very successful platform from ChangeX which encourages people to grow their own food. This dovetails naturally with our community garden – you can get involved at the GIY site – GIY Fermanagh @ Common Ground N.I.
* Defined as ‘an ethical design system for creating human environments that are ecologically sound & economically viable. Permaculture systems provide for their own needs, do not exploit or pollute, and are therefore sustainable’ (Peter Bane)
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