10 Steps to a Community Garden

1. Organize a meeting of interested people in your community

2. Form a planning committee

  • Choose a well organized person as garden co-ordinator
  • Form additional committees to tackle specific tasks, e.g., funding and resource development, youth   activities, construction and communication.

3. Identify all of your resources

  • Contact local municipal planners about possible sites, as well as horticultural societies and other local sources of information and assistance.

  • Look within your community for people with experience in landscaping and gardening.

4. Approach a sponsor or charge membership duties

5. Choose a site

  • Consider the amount of daily sunshine (vegetables need at least six hours a day), availability of water, and soil testing for possible pollutants.

  • Find out who owns the land.

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6. Develop and prepare the site

7. Organize and prepare the site

  • Members must decide how many plots are available and how they will be assigned. Allow space for storing tools, making compost and don’t forget the pathways between plots!

8. Plan for children

  • Consider creating a special garden just for kids-including them is essential.

9. Determine the rules and put them in writing

  • Will gardeners share tools, meet regularly, handle basic maintenance?

  • Do you need a waiting list for more members?

  • If your group charges dues, how will the money be used?

10. Keep members in touch with each other

  • Form a telephone tree and/or an email list; install a rainproof bulletin board in the garden; have regular celebrations.

Information courtesy of Foodshare

Title photo courtesy of: Ethan Oringel 2008

Article Photo courtesy of: Ginette Jobb 2012

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