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Bearing Fruit

The United States Department of Agriculture estimates that urban gardeners involved in its programs grow about $16 million worth of fresh food annually.

A survey by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension found that 13 percent of respondents felt that a community garden had improved their neighborhood by cleaning blighted areas and increasing neighborliness.

Ninety-five percent of employees and patients participating in a Center for Health Design study of hospital gardens claimed that gardening had therapeutic benefits, such as making the gardeners feel more productive and healthy, less stressed, and more able to tolerate treatment and medicine.

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