A successful, long-term and healthy garden community requires just as much cultivating as the garden itself. Smart leaders and organizers focus on the people and then the gardening. And savvy leaders know that the behavior they model sets the tone for the community as a whole. No pressure, right? Here’s some tips from Start a […]
Winter is the perfect time for gardeners to give back by volunteering time, while our gardens lie dormant! While perusing seed catalogs and planning this year’s garden, start planning ahead to combine your love of gardening with giving back to the community as a volunteer: Organize a gleaning of remaining food crops in your community […]
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!
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.
Looking for additional resources to help your community garden? Here is a list of outside links that cover a range of topics, with a special focus on help for non-profits and charity organizations.
Everyone can be involved in community gardening, no matter who they are! Below is a set of resources that you can use to help make your garden and programs universally accessible to all people, including seniors and people with varying levels of ability.