Community is our Resource
Ross Township is a commercial center and residential community, located in the North Hills, just minutes from downtown Pittsburgh. Our School District is one of the best in the state. Ross is a great place to call home. Ross Township strives to support the established community fostered in unity, family, and civic pride. While the community strives to provide a high quality of life for all its members, the standards, ideals, and traditions will create a superior educational system and residential living environment.
Ross is looking to grow a community garden-- but we need the community's involvement in order for the vegetables and flowers to grow!
First step is to create a team within the community to determine location of garden and management strategies. Please attend our site preparation at 5:30 pm at Herge Park (Peony Ave). If you are interested in being apart of this team, you can:
- Fill out the volunteer form (specify community garden); or
- Call 412-931-7055 x 269 (ask for Natalie) and voice your interest!
Community Gardens are an economic benefit
- Community Gardens have been shown to increase property values in the immediate vicinity where they are located.
- Community gardens provide a place to retreat from the noise and commotion of urban environments and have been shown to attract small businesses looking to relocate.
- Community gardens allow families and individuals without land of their own the opportunity to produce food and provide a place for gardeners to share knowledge and skills.
- Managing your own plot saves significant amounts of money on produce- one study estimated that community gardeners saved between $75-$380 in food costs every season.
- Local agriculture conserves resources by shortening the commodity chain, saving on fuel-demanding transportation and packaging.
- Studies have shown that community gardeners and their families eat healthier, more nutritious diets than non-gardening families.
- Increasing the consumption of organic local produce reduces the exposure to chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
- Natural areas grant a variety of mental health benefits: fosters recovery from mental fatigue, improves outlook and life satisfaction, helps to cope with and recover from stress, improves our ability to recover from illness and injury, restores concentration, and improves productivity.
- Gardening is considered a moderate to heavy physical activity, and has been linked to significant beneficial changes in total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, and systolic blood pressure.
- Community gardens increase neighborhood surveillance or "eyes on the street", often deterring crime.
- Community gardens add beauty to the community and heighten people's awareness and appreciate for living things.
- Gardens filter rainwater and help keep lakes, rivers, and groundwater clean ("Plants and the micro-organisms with which they symbiotically coexist help to clean and filter water as it percolates through the soil").
For more information, go to www.gardeningmatters.org