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Community gardens and food gardens in schools have become a common sight in many communities. Education experts say that “Food gardens are an ideal way for children to develop knowledge and practical skills in garden maintenance, environmental monitoring, organic recycling and food production. They also provide the opportunity to promote healthy eating and a sustainable lifestyle.”
It’s interesting to see some public libraries joining the community gardening movement creating communal garden space for local residents. It's a good example of community engagement and in some cases the gardens are also used for children’s programs. In New South Wales there are examples of community gardens hosted by libraries including: Port Macquarie-Hastings Council Library, the Haberfield Community Garden at the Haberfield Library Centre, the Sustainability Street garden at Artarmon Library and Campbelltown's H.J. Daley Community Garden. If you know of others please let us know!