Chicago is hosting the 2014 American Community Garden Association Conference August 7-10, 2014 at the world famous Field Museum. The theme for this year’s 35th anniversary conference is “Gateway to Community in the City of Neighborhoods” which reflects the geographic makeup of our host city, Chicago, which was also the birthplace of ACGA in 1979. We […]
Success can be measured in more ways than just the number of heads of lettuce or bunches of carrots! Having members of your community garden participate in evaluations will help you better understand the good work going on in your community garden, and it will help you improve areas where members see room for growth. […]
Interested in more in-depth material to help your garden grow? Check out these garden manuals, which will help you with everything from starting seeds to cleaning up your garden after harvesting in the fall!
Each and every community garden is unique, but there are some things you may find helpful in setting up your community garden. Here are a few sample forms that we’ve identified to help manage your garden. Sample Garden Plot Registration Use this form to register individuals, families, and organizations for specific garden plots in your […]
The following form is intended as a guide only; be sure that the final agreement you use meets the needs and details of your group. All information in blanks and brackets should be adjusted by the garden as necessary. Sample Form for Release of All Claims
This sample land use agreement is intended as a guide only; be sure that the final agreement you use meets the needs and details of your group and the property owner. Information in brackets should be changed as necessary for each garden’s purposes. Sample Form: Permission for Land Use
Garden rules should be established for every community garden. Rules are an excellent way to ensure everyone understands how the garden will operate and what is expected of each gardener. These rules are intended as a guide only. Each garden’s rules will vary depending on the needs of each garden. Sample Garden Rules and […]
Below is a sample plot registration form for community gardens. Information in brackets is to be determined by individual gardens, as appropriate for their use. Sample Form: Garden Plot Registration
Below is a sample contract for a community garden. Information in brackets is to be determined by individual gardens, as appropriate for their use.
Gardens can be a welcoming place for everyone! Check out ACGA’s collection of articles about diversity and inclusion, and learn how diversity in your community can reflect the diversity in your garden. Community Gardening: A Key to Food Security? [PDF] Language Diversity [PDF] Celebrating Cultural Diversity [PDF] Food Security in Ethnic Neighborhoods [PDF]