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… it’s all about
  the people
Strengths
                               - Funded program
APFA                           - Staff continuity
Community Gard...
… the APFA Story
• Community garden programs can respond
to community identified issues
• Sustainability is linked to Agen...
… it’s all about
  the people
Strengths
African                     - Initial funding
                            - Skills supports
Immigrants          ...
… the African Immigrant Story
   • Community gardening breaks down
   barriers to building relationships
   • Location…Loc...
… it’s all about
  the people
Strengths
                        - Strong garden
                      leadership
St Albert             - Initial investm...
… the St Albert Story
 • Community development process
 creates a strong, sustainable community-
 owned program
 • Persist...
… it’s all
about the
people
Strengths
                             - Municipal mentored
Our Urban                    - Core garden
Eden               ...
… the Our Urban Eden Story
   • Community development process
   creates a sustainable community-owned
   program
   • In ...
… it’s all
about the
people
Strengths
                            - Municipal mentored
GGGT                        - Unique garden
Community Garden   ...
… the GGGT Story

• Community development process
creates a sustainable community-owned
program
• On-going community devel...
… it’s all
about the
people
Strengths
                        - SPIN model
                        - Staff & funding
Immigrant Sr.           - Skills ...
… the Immigrant Sr’s Story

  • Community development … a work in
  progress
  • Social Enterprise activities on municipal...
… the Edmonton story



          +
… the Edmonton story
                           +
- Not for profit society       - $30K organizational
- Part time staff  ...
… the Edmonton story
                   +                      =

 A community garden in every neighborhood
-- Joint strat...
… the Edmonton story
                    +                   =
New Gardens
-- Build leadership capacity
-- Project plannin...
… the Edmonton story
                 +               =

On going supports to existing gardens
   -- Leadership capacity
 ...
… the Edmonton story
           Edmonton - 2009
1000%         - 64 active sites
              - Operated by 38
growth     ...
… the People’s story

   - Food safety and accessibility
   - Connect to nature
   - Physical health
   - Local food econo...
Community
   gardening …
… it’s all about
  the people
Susan Penstone




 www.VoicesOfTheSoil.org

www.edmcommunitygardens.org
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  1. 1. … it’s all about the people
  2. 2. Strengths - Funded program APFA - Staff continuity Community Garden - Strong community 1997-2008 partnerships - Youth volunteers Started with - Agency managed Challenges - Infrastructure in place - Not open to the (water, toilets) general public - Sandy soils - No $$ for compost - No fencing - Burnout
  3. 3. … the APFA Story • Community garden programs can respond to community identified issues • Sustainability is linked to Agency’s capacity to maintain the program • Open up to the community could reduce burnout
  4. 4. … it’s all about the people
  5. 5. Strengths African - Initial funding - Skills supports Immigrants - Respond to unique Community Garden community need 1996-2000 Started with Challenges - Agency/Municipal - Funding stopped partnership - Leadership supports - No Infrastructure in - Site Location place - Relationship issues - Reclaimed site - No fencing
  6. 6. … the African Immigrant Story • Community gardening breaks down barriers to building relationships • Location…Location…Location – getting off to a good start is important • Some communities require on-going supports until there is sufficient capacity
  7. 7. … it’s all about the people
  8. 8. Strengths - Strong garden leadership St Albert - Initial investments Community Garden adequate 1999 - - Agency support when needed Started with Challenges - Agency program - Land Tenure - Water in place - Insurance - Industrial site - Leadership change - No fencing - Garden size - Local champion
  9. 9. … the St Albert Story • Community development process creates a strong, sustainable community- owned program • Persistence and strategic persuasion will overcome adversity
  10. 10. … it’s all about the people
  11. 11. Strengths - Municipal mentored Our Urban - Core garden Eden leadership - Community pride Community Garden and ownership 1999 - Challenges Started with - Land Tenure - Municipal downtown - Leadership revitalization program renewal - Downtown vacant lot - Oversubscribed - No infrastructure - Local champion
  12. 12. … the Our Urban Eden Story • Community development process creates a sustainable community-owned program • In their hearts and minds, gardeners own the land … be mindful about land tenure • Municipality’s best intentions can be expensive and undermine ‘community ownership’
  13. 13. … it’s all about the people
  14. 14. Strengths - Municipal mentored GGGT - Unique garden Community Garden organization 1999 - - Resourceful leadership - Summer staff Started with - Supports >28 sites - Municipal / Community partnership Challenges - Gardener Skills - Housing Complexes - Transportation - Some infrastructure in place - Shoe string budget
  15. 15. … the GGGT Story • Community development process creates a sustainable community-owned program • On-going community development supports as needed • Volunteer senior citizens offer skills training and supports
  16. 16. … it’s all about the people
  17. 17. Strengths - SPIN model - Staff & funding Immigrant Sr. - Skills training Garden Project 2007 - Started with Challenges - Agency program - Transportation - Community garden - Municipal policies sites - Gardener engagement in the community garden
  18. 18. … the Immigrant Sr’s Story • Community development … a work in progress • Social Enterprise activities on municipal land supported by City
  19. 19. … the Edmonton story +
  20. 20. … the Edmonton story + - Not for profit society - $30K organizational - Part time staff support to CGN - Manages City New - $30K support for new Garden Grant community gardens - Mandate: network, promote, support, advocate, create
  21. 21. … the Edmonton story + = A community garden in every neighborhood -- Joint strategy to support community gardens -- Roles and responsibilities defined for City, City staff and CGN -- City policies and procedures aligned -- Aim for ‘cookie cutter’ template
  22. 22. … the Edmonton story + = New Gardens -- Build leadership capacity -- Project planning, land tenure, City parks/ planning approvals -- Neighborhood support, partnership agreements, insurance -- Terms for garden participation, decision making
  23. 23. … the Edmonton story + = On going supports to existing gardens -- Leadership capacity -- Group governance -- Sustainability
  24. 24. … the Edmonton story Edmonton - 2009 1000% - 64 active sites - Operated by 38 growth independent community since organizations 1997 - $11.1K/site & Area - 5 active sites
  25. 25. … the People’s story - Food safety and accessibility - Connect to nature - Physical health - Local food economy
  26. 26. Community gardening …
  27. 27. … it’s all about the people
  28. 28. Susan Penstone www.VoicesOfTheSoil.org www.edmcommunitygardens.org
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