In all the cities I have been living during my life I have always been an active member in the local community. It was very naturally for me that, from my first week in Norway, I became very active to build a social life around Ethan and me.
Since we moved to Moss in 2019 I have been involved in the community garden at the Moss Frivilligsentral and that enables me to connect with Moss community in a meaningful way – one that respects differences and promotes diversity.
" To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow!"
Many friendships are formed at our community garden and there are beautiful examples of caring moments and attentions which those involved show to one another. For example, if one of our participants is away from the garden for a certain time, other members of the community garden will water this persons´ piece of the garden and take care of their vegetables and flowers.
We have our own website where members actively share all types of information just as on our private Facebook page.
"Maybe you don’t think you were born with a green thumb, but after tilling, planting, nurturing and harvesting plants, you might see a slightly different person in the mirror: a person who can grow things and is a little more in tune with the earth."
I've always enjoyed being outside and doing garden activities, but it took on a special significance for me when I was trying to heal from my fibromyalgia. As I began to be more aware of the importance of a healthy diet, I felt compelled to greatly expand my garden beds and the things I planted, even though I was still struggling physically and mentally. The community garden has been a real support during my tough periods the last 3 years and I can truly say that I have benefit of being a member.
The health and wellbeing benefits of community gardening are well documented and studies have shown that community gardeners and their children eat healthier, have more nutrient rich diets than do non-gardening families. Gardening can improve your mental health too! Many studies show that spending time outdoor helps against depression, anxiety and stress. I'm sure you've experienced those benefits yourself: After feeling stressed out, tired or bored being inside, you step outside, your spirits lifts up and you feel like a new person.
Join our community in Moss and be a part of our fantastic adventure!
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