You may have met ACGA board member LaManda Joy at the 35th Annual Conference in Chicago or heard her speak at one of our previous conferences. She’s passionate about community gardening and the American Community Gardening Association.

Book imageACGA has recommended her new book by Timber Press “Start a Community Food Garden: The Essential Handbook”. The book will be available December 15 via bookstores and major online booksellers like Amazon.

As garden leaders we know how important community gardens are and the broader population is catching on too, as a matter of fact, the topic is so hot that ” Start a Community Food Garden: The Essential Handbook” has been named one of the eight top lifestyle books of 2014 by Publisher’s Weekly!

Here’s what Publisher’s Weekly had to say about the book:

“This delightful “handbook” by Joy, a master gardener, offers equal parts sociology skills, organizational principles, business management tips, and illustrated guides for (among other things) planting seeds with the tip of a finger. All these disparate areas of knowledge and skill are relevant to developing a community garden. As the book shows, it is a place so complex that understanding human personalities—as noted in a section called “How to Get Along”—becomes as critical as garden essentials like “How to Read a Seed Packet.” The section titled “How to Hold a Community Meeting” includes reminders about oft-overlooked logistical details as securing a venue with sufficient parking and a children’s play area. Meeting agendas, Joy says, must be precise and comprehensive and include actions items. Fund-raising, work days, group rules, and registration are all elements that must be in place before planting even starts. The section “Teaching New Gardeners” flows naturally into the helpful tips about plants’ growth habits, sun needs, and seasonal characteristics. An excellent tool that cultivates human communities as much as it grows vegetables in group gardens.”

A portion of the proceeds from this book will support the American Community Gardening Association.

If you’re inspired to help support ACGA, too, you can become a member TODAY and be part of the excitement, hope and vision community gardening offers nationwide.