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Community Garden Start Up

Introduction

There really are only positive effects of community gardening. It gives a community a gathering space, provides green space in urban areas, educates people -- especially children -- about the way the natural world works, and gives shelter to urban wildlife. It is also a place for people to grow their own food, and it provides a social network for reaching out to neighbors.

Community gardens originated in the first part of the 20th century as a way for immigrants who came from rural farmlands to urban spaces to continue to grow their own vegetables and keep a cohesive community. This was especially important as urban spaces rapidly grew. Victory gardens, which were popular during World War II, were considered community gardens. During the 1960s, eco-consciousness made community gardening a popular idea again in response to urban decline and decay. This is happening again in many parts of the country.

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Form a Planning Committee: -Find people who want to do it. -Decide what kind of garden you will grow, and who the garden will serve (youths, adults, or both). -Approach a sponsor or umbrella organization.

  2. Step 2

    Choose a Site: -Make sure the site gets at least six hours of sunlight a day if you are growing vegetables. -Do a soil test. -Look into the availability of water. -Try to get a lease for at least three years.

  3. Step 3

    Prepare and Develop the Site: -Develop a design. -Organize volunteer work crews. -Determine plot sizes. -Decide if the garden will be organic. -Include plans for a storage and compost area.

  4. Step 4

    Organize the Garden: -Determine the conditions for membership. -Decide how the plots be assigned, if the gardeners will share tools, and if there will be a children's plot. -Decide how the next gardener will be chosen when someone leaves a plot.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, May 2008