QUESTION: What is a commercial garden / market garden? Does it mean that you work in someone else’s garden, or you pay money to have space for a garden or is it something else? – Maya G
GARDENING CHANNEL REPLIES: Nope, it isn’t a job and it isn’t where you pay money for space. A commercial garden or market garden is a type of small-scale farming operation where a variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and sometimes even flowers are grown and sold directly to consumers, restaurants, or local markets. This type of gardening is designed to generate income while promoting sustainability, fresh and nutritious produce, and community engagement.
Commercial gardens and market gardens can vary greatly in size and focus, from small urban plots to larger rural farms. These operations typically prioritize growing seasonal and high-value crops, as well as using space-efficient techniques such as raised beds, vertical gardening, or intensive planting methods. This allows for maximum productivity and profitability within a limited area.
We’ve actually written about market gardens (the other way to describe commercial garden that applies to regular home gardeners like ourselves) several times! Check out these articles:
One of the key aspects that sets commercial gardens apart from traditional large-scale agriculture is their focus on sustainability and environmentally friendly practices. Many market gardeners use organic or regenerative farming methods to maintain soil health, reduce the use of synthetic chemicals, and encourage biodiversity. This results in healthier, more nutrient-dense produce, which is often highly sought after by consumers.
Market gardens also play an essential role in supporting local economies and fostering a sense of community. By selling directly to consumers through farmers’ markets, community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs, or on-site farm stands, market gardeners can develop personal relationships with their customers and share their passion for fresh, locally grown food.
In addition to selling produce, many commercial gardeners also offer educational workshops, farm or garden tours, or volunteer opportunities as a way to engage with the community and promote sustainable gardening practices. But if you’re doing it from your home, you’d probably just be growing things to sell.
Basically, commercial gardens and market gardens are small-scale farming ventures that prioritize sustainable practices, fresh and nutritious produce, and community involvement. These gardens offer a viable alternative to large-scale agriculture, supporting local economies and promoting a healthier, more connected way of life.
So, if you’re interested in exploring the world of commercial gardening, consider visiting a local market garden or even starting your own – it’s a rewarding way to make a positive impact on your community and the environment.