Urban gardens are powerful tools that can help grow healthy food, reduce our carbon footprint and increase the overall health of our city environments. “It’s important to create gardens in urban locations because there is a whole range of benefits a garden can bring to the city,” says Lola Bloom of City Blossoms in Washington, D.C.
By creating a small, contained habitat for plants, pollinators, and other creatures, these tiny garden ecosystems can actually provide space for a huge diversity of animals. Urban gardens – the soil, the plants and the root systems – also offer water filtration benefits, which helps cities reduce contaminants that stream into waterways.
In this video from the Nature Conservancy, students explore the role that urban gardens can have on an individual, local and global scale. They will also see how these mini-farm and mini-watersheds ultimately bring people together.