The Berks County Conservancy’s Berks Urban Greening (BUG) Community Gardening Program is a fascinating project that transforms vacant lots into healthy green community spaces and community gardens. This provides opportunities for local residents to grow their own vegetables, herbs, and flowers, which will engender economic self-sufficiency, health and nutritional benefits, resident cooperation, community spirit, and is an attractive green space in urban areas. This program is a critical component of the Quality of Life and Economic Development issues currently challenging the City of Reading.
To date, a total of nine community gardens have been established through this program, and we anticipate the creation of at least one new garden each year. This has been successful due to the cooperation of numerous partnering organizations, grantors, and most importantly, the residents of these communities. A community garden changes the aesthetics, and the spirit, of a community. This program is intended to organize and empower local residents to take control of their neighborhood.
Community garden sponsorships are available for $35,000. To date, we thank the following sponsors for their generous support: Colonial Oaks Foundation, Albert & Eunice Boscov, The Holleran Family, and Carole & Raymond Neag.