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Establishing a Community Garden



A brief history of the Community Garden movement, as well as the process of developing a Community Garden.

A brief history of the Community Garden movement, as well as the process of developing a Community Garden.



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  • During WW II, Victory Gardens fueled the American Community Garden movement. Many Community Gardens were established in public places.

Establishing a Community Garden Establishing a Community Garden Presentation Transcript

  • Community Gardens Eric Stormer Virginia Cooperative Extension
  • Virginia Cooperative Extension Units (107) Extension Faculty (Agents, Specialists) Staff - Paid and Volunteer (Master Gardeners, 4-H, etc. ) Virginia Cooperative Extension Organizational Chart
  • VIRGINIA COOPERATIVE EXTENSION MISSION Virginia Cooperative Extension enables people to improve their lives through an educational process that uses scientific knowledge focused on issues and needs.
  • What is a Community Garden?
  • Some History… The Allotment Garden
  • Allotment Gardens
  • Meanwhile, in far off America… World War I
  • World War I
  • World War II
  • The Value of Community Gardens  Aesthetic  Economic  Social  Quality of Life  Reduction in Crime  Lifelong learning  Environmental
  • Value of Community Gardens  Opportunity to participate in healthy physical activity  Fresh, better tasting food at substantially lower cost over store- bought
  • Community Gardens may be for Growing Flowers…
  • Vegetables,
  • Children, Brooklyn Botanic Garden Growing Children Since 1914.
  • as Entrepreneurial Ventures,
  • and to Combat Hunger.
  • They may Provide Habitat…
  • and Reinforce School Lessons.
  • They may be Rain Gardens…
  • or they may be Therapeutic.
  • Some are Edible Landscapes!
  • But first, we need people,…
  • and a patch of good soil!
  • Growing a Community Garden.
  • Develop Structure & Leadership
  • Develop a marketing plan.
  • Use Social Media!
  • Develop communication strategies.
  • Create a Safe Environment
  • Think ‘bout money!
  • Take time to develop a garden plan.
  • Have Fun!!!