Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Community Gardens: Step 1

From the friendly folks at American Community Gardening Association:

To start a community garden, FORM A PLANNING COMMITTEE

Determine if there really is a need and desire for a garden.
What kind of garden--vegetable, flower, trees, a combination?
Who will the garden serve--youth, seniors, special populations, people who just want an alternative to trash?
If the project is meant to benefit a particular group or neighborhood, it is essential that the group be involved in all phases.

Organize a meeting of interested people.

Choose a well-organized garden coordinator.Form committees to accomplish tasks: Funding & Resource Development; Youth Activities; Construction; Communication.

Approach a sponsor.
A sponsor is an individual or organization that supports a community garden. Site sponsorship can be a tremendous asset. Contributions of land, tools, seeds, fencing, soil improvements or money are all vital to a successful community garden. Some community gardens can provide most of their provisions through fees charged to the membership; but for many, a garden sponsor is essential. Churches, schools, citizens groups, private businesses, local parks and recreation departments are all potential supporters. Community Development Block Grants are sometimes available through your municipality.
Make a list of what needs to be done.
Find a garden site.

Obtain lease or agreement from owner.
Decide on a mailing address and central telephone number(s). Try to have at least 3 people who are very familiar with all pertinent information. Form a telephone tree.
If your community garden has a budget, keep administration in the hands of several people.
Choose a name for the garden.

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