Our Mission

Team Gardens mission is to teach health education and promote a healthy lifestyle by gardening

Team Gardens works with community partners to clean up the earth with rain gardens, promote healthy eating with vegetable gardens, and encouraging people to get out and move.

Athlete role models are perceived as important influencers to teens. Many teenagers look up to them for what’s “cool” in products and brands (Bush, 2004). Effective health promotion and community empowerment may require the involvement of community lay health workers and active, respected community members (Wallerstein and Bernstein, 1988)

Gardening requires patience and follow-through, two valuable traits. Local foods and rain gardens are ways that residents can beautify urban neighborhoods, improve access to fresh produce, and engage people.

Children who are familiar with growing their own food tend to eat more fruits and vegetables (Bell & Dyment, 2008), and are more inclined to continue healthy eating habits through adulthood (Morris & ZidenbergCherr, 2002).
Scientific studies show that crime decreases in neighborhoods as as the amount of green space increases, and that vegetation has been seen to alleviate mental fatigue, one of the precursors to violent behavior (Kuo and Sullivan, 2001).

Qualitative case studies were conducted of two neighborhood-based community gardens with youth programs. Data collection included participant observation and in-depth interviews with adult gardeners and neighbors, youth, and community police officers.

Results suggest that the garden programs provided opportunities for constructive activities, contributions to the community, relationship and interpersonal skill development, informal social control, exploring cognitive and behavioral competence, and improved nutrition. Community gardens promoted developmental assets for involved youth while improving their access to and consumption of healthy foods (Department of Health Behavior & Health Education, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI).
The benefits of community-based gardening projects likely extend beyond food security, as gardens provide fresh vegetables, and the process of gardening involves physical exercise (Carmey andHamada, 2012).