For Hometown News
FORT PIERCE -- The city is interested in measuring the public's interest in the development of community gardens.
Website and paper-based surveys have been developed to help identify the interest, suitability, and demand of the idea.
"We have received several suggestions from residents asking us to gauge the interest in promoting community gardens within the City," said Nicholas Mimms, deputy city manager. "This is the first step in the process, which I hope will result in community gardens being available in several of our neighborhoods. Using this survey, we hope to hear from local people who are genuinely interested in obtaining a plot of land and participating in a community garden project, either for themselves, for their organization, school, or community group."
"Community gardens offer a wide range of benefits, so I won't be surprised if we are inundated with positive interest in the project," said Mr. Mimms. "Not only are community gardens an obvious source of fresh fruits and vegetables, they also provide an opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people, reduce stress, improve well-being, are a good form of exercise, are a chance for children to learn where food comes from, and generally provide a great opportunity to spend time outside enjoying nature."
To complete an online community survey, visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/MBKZFSQ.
Surveys are also available in the city manager's office at City Hall or by contacting Brittany Athey at Bathey@city-ftpierce.com.