As stewards of our land and our community, Urban Garden Coalition promotes and protects these values:
Connection: Gardening realizes the interconnectedness of all things. As we nurture our soil, our plants, and the ecosystems that sustain our gardens, we understand ourselves to be part of a larger world which rewards our care with a generous harvest. When we connect with our world we also bond with each other, as family, friends, and neighbors work together to feed our community. Finally, gardening connects us to our shared heritage through ancient traditions and the passing of knowledge from one generation to the next.
Care: Gardening empowers us to care for ourselves, our earth, and each other. It provides an opportunity to ‘pay it forward’ through sharing food with those in need. It creates pride of place through the cultivation of beauty in our neighborhoods and sustainability in our environment. By sharing food, sharing knowledge, or just lending a helping hand, gardening is an expression of care.
Enjoyment: Gardening inspires pleasure in nature, curiosity about the natural world, and delight in the pleasures of our environment. Gardening makes us slow down. It beckons us to come together, to appreciate beauty, to savor the taste of good food, and to take time to enjoy life.
Nourishment: Gardening feeds the body, mind, and spirit. It empowers us to sustain ourselves with healthy food, and offers opportunities to exercise, to meditate, and to learn. These therapeutic activities build physical, mental and spiritual health, nourishing the best within us to thrive and flourish to our full potential.
Investment in a shared future: We recognize that the decisions we make and the actions we take today will affect those who will share this earth tomorrow. Through gardening, we hope to leave the world better than we found it with more nutritious food, greater beauty and biodiversity, expanded knowledge, and many bountiful harvests to come.