Start a Community Garden

Category: How-To Published: Tuesday, 17 July 2018 Written by Publisher

https://extension.wsu.edu/benton-franklin/gardening/mastergardeners/communitygarden-par/

How do we start?

 

  • Begin by organizing a core group of 10 or more dedicated people.
  • Identify skills and resources, then recruit more help.
  • Reach out to potential gardeners.
  • Hold a meeting to agree upon need for and purpose of the garden
  • Find sponsors and expert help (Master Gardeners)
  • Locate a good site
  • Meet with neighbors and address any concerns
  • Hold meetings to design the garden, develop application process and rules, and decide on fees
  • Address liability and need for insurance
  • Raise funds, seek donations and recruit more volunteers to build it

 

How do we select a site?

 

  • Best if within walking distance of high density, low income housing with little gardening space
  • Not being used by others (kids playing, trails)
  • Safe, clean & accessible
  • Long-term commitment for garden
  • Flat, level land with at least 12 inches of good topsoil (test it)
  • No potential contamination (industrial or orchard) & if in doubt test it
  • Southern exposure with full sunlight
  • Away from trees & large shrubs
  • Water readily available
  • Wind protection, if possible
  • Shade for gardeners to rest
  • Access to toilet

 

How can Master Gardeners help?

 

The mission of the WSU Master Gardener program includes teaching community members to manage their gardens, increase healthy living through gardening, helping low-income citizens to grow their own food and become more self-sufficient, and donating produce to food banks.

 

The role of Master Gardeners in Community Gardens is to lead community members through the garden development process, help assess suitability of the property, help design the garden, provide assistance with funding, grants, donations and volunteers, arrange for or lead workshops and seminars, give one-on-one or small group gardening instruction, and develop ongoing mentor(s).

 

What else do we need to get started?

 

  • At least 10 dedicated gardeners
  • Master Gardener mentor(s)
  • Raised beds with mulched paths (preferred, but not required)
  • Fence, gate & lock (depends on location and animals)
  • Sign and bulletin board
  • Lots of compost and organic fertilizer
  • Seeds and seedlings
  • Hoses and nozzles
  • Long-handled and short-handled tools with lockable toolbox
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Trash barrel

 

Hits: 209