Community gardens offer neighbors the opportunity to work together to create a place in their neighborhood to grow their own food and develop stronger relationships within the community. There are thousands of these small gardens across the United States providing local food to communities and schools as well as forming friendships that transcend age, race and culture. Community gardens don’t have to be just about growing food; many community gardens are simply beautiful spots for neighbors to spend time together!
Want To Start a Community Garden in Your Area?
Now is the perfect time to begin developing a plan to create a community garden in your area. Here are Ten Steps To Starting A Community Garden from American Community Gardening Association. Journal Times has a list of some basic start-up costs that will need to be considered before you begin. Organic Gardening has a pretty in depth article about How To Start a Community Garden.
Once you get the ball rolling you’ll need to think about the design of the garden. Clemson University’s cooperative extension has a free ebook that has a chapter on Basic Design Considerations for A Community Garden. Green Living Ideas has an article on how you can Make The Most Of Limited Space For A Community Garden.
The basic principles for vertical and small space gardening can help you in any gardening area. Here are some books full of tips.
You might take some time to think about your garden volunteers. How will you find volunteers and how will you keep volunteers coming back? If you do an online search for “volunteers for community gardens” you can read guidelines that other communities have set up for their gardens. The City of Seattle has their Community Garden Leadership Handbook available online to read or download for free. This article from the University of New Hampshire has lots of information about managing a community garden including forming a committee, starting a non-profit, liability insurance, and more!
If you need a place to garden but a community garden sounds like more than you want to get into – you should read this post about Yard Sharing.
Community gardens are an excellent way to create and strengthen neighbor relationships within your community. With some planning and coordinating, your community will reap the benefits of a community garden of your own!
Are you involved in a community garden or thinking of starting one in your neighborhood? Tell us about your experience and thoughts in the comments!
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