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  • Seeds, Plants
  • Greenhouse Garden as resource for seed starting, plants, education, lg. events
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    • 1. Community Gardens in Parks Krista Bailey Program Director Unity Gardens, Inc.
    • 2. Community gardens provide gardening and educational opportunities that help connect people to each other and to the natural world.
    • 3. What is a Community Garden?
      • Land Gardened By A Group Of People
      • Community or Individual Plots
      • Multi-Generational
      • "Urban Agriculture"
    • 4. Why Start a Community Garden? Economic and educational opportunities Produce nutritious, local, fresh food
    • 5. Why Start a Community Garden? Bring together various ages, races, and ethnicities. For recreation and exercise Provides a way for residents to take ownership of the land
    • 6. Why Start a Community Garden? Bring people outside Decreases crime Raises property values
    • 7. Why Start a Community Garden? Preserve green space Create a social networking, meeting and play space Educational opportunity for all ages
    • 8. Why Start a Community Garden? Economic support for neighborhood residents Community Service Project Youth entrepreneurial experience
    • 9. Why Start a Community Garden? FOOD!!
    • 10. How to Get Started: Planting the Seed Initial Meeting
    • 11. How to Get Started: Planting the Seed Publicize the event
    • 12. Garden Land Lots of sun Water source Soil quality Lighting Fence Manageable rubble, debris – if any
    • 13. Garden Land Room for parking cars and bikes Close to neighborhood residents Accessible by public transit Availability Extended community interest
    • 14. Planning for the Garden Include an educational component Liability Insurance Youth involvement Tap into existing garden network in area Gardener Registration and Sign Up Engage park staff: who will do what (maintenance, chemicals or no, etc.)
    • 15. Planning for the Garden
    • 16. Garden Designs Communal: Gardeners take responsibility for one crop. Shared work/harvest days. Shared harvest. Individual plots an additional possibility (here, single raised beds are in background).
    • 17. Garden Designs Neighborhood plot on area green space. Shared work and harvest creates a source of neighborhood pride and fresh food!
    • 18. Garden Designs Bonus Features: containers in parking lots, gathering space… … and a place for the children.
    • 19. Garden Designs Combination shared and solo space: Large shared mono-crop with family beds alongside.
    • 20. Garden Designs Unity Garden: Open garden concept. Plant, weed, water, learn, harvest as you can, need, want.
    • 21. Do it Together! Family days, work days, harvest days (with food!!), volunteer days, Master Gardener education days…
    • 22. Plan to Party!
    • 23. Celebrate with the children
    • 24. Share the Wealth
    • 25. Enjoy!
    • 26. For more information:
      • American Community Gardening Association
      • http://www.communitygarden.org
      • Unity Gardens, Inc.
      • www.UnityGardensInc.org .
      • [email_address]