Twila E. Palmer's Blog
In a world where we do much of our socializing online and can talk to people around the world in an instant it has become less incentivized to have a relationship with your neighbors. However, there are man benefits to having a tight-knit neighborhood that are sadly being forgotten. Some people are private by nature and like to keep to themselves, which is certainly okay. Others like to be involved members of their communities, getting to know the people who live around them and taking an interest in their well-being. Have you ever wished that your neighborhood had more things for your kids to do? Or maybe that you had a few friends next door to have cookouts with in the summer time? In this article we'll talk about the many ways you can build a community in your neighborhood to get your friends and neighbors more involved.
Start a community gardenIs there a lot or patch on land in your neighborhood that is going unused? A great project to start that can benefit the neighborhood is to create a community garden. Gardening with others is a rewarding activity. You'll be busy working so you won't have to worry about awkward silences, and you will all share in the great rewards of seeing your creation grow. Here's how to start:
- Get permission for using the land, unless you own it
- Pass out flyers and post on Facebook to the people in your neighborhood to let them know about it.
- Add on the flyer that it would be appreciated if people brought some tools and supplies along which you can also list on the flyer
- Have a "breaking soil" day when your neighborhood comes out to commence work in the garden
- Before long, word of mouth and curious passersby will make your garden a popular place to hang out in the neighborhood