The City of Hollywood believes that community gardens benefit the public health, the environment, the economy and the quality of life in neighborhoods, and bring residents together for a communal outdoor activity. The local production of fruits, vegetables and herbs promotes healthy diets, addresses urban food deserts and mitigates food insecurity by allowing gardeners to supplement food purchases or donate surplus harvest to organizations that provide assistance to those in need. Moreover, community gardens provide an opportunity for social gathering, recreation, education and beautification of the community. Community gardens differ from farms, which are commercial operations that sell goods and services to the public for profit.
Residents are encouraged to learn about the sources of fresh produce, vocational training in sustainable agriculture and about the importance of environmental stewardship.