Lucy Bradley, Ph.D. Urban Horticulture Specialist NCSU Cooperative Extension Joni Torres Community Garden Technician Pitt County Cooperative Extension Maggie Castor Community Gardener
Health Increase levels of physical activity Increase consumption of vegetables Reduce stress Community Development Share resources and skills Beautify and improve neighborhoods Build and strengthen a community Make new friends Personal Development Save money on food costs Learn new skills Increase knowledge
Gather a group of 10 committed people, assign jobs and meet to report on progress. Talk to community members to grow support. Determine garden needs: ﬁnd a site, test soil, secure water source. Hold a public meeting to recruit gardeners and begin design process.
Establish a garden committee and develop guidelines Identify and reach out to local resources Talk to other community gardens. Find a garden coordinator Create subcommittees Fundraising Maintenance Outreach Volunteer coordination
Individual talents and skills within your group. Fund raisers, building skills, computer skills, gardening knowledge, good organizers etc. Associations Civic groups, neighborhood associations, garden clubs, etc. Institutions Local government agencies, colleges, medical centers, Land and buildings Parks, community centers, churches, schools, recreational centers Local economy Nursery, garden center, hardware stores, newspaper, radio station
County Board of Health Cooperative Extension Service Soil and Water Conservation County Planning Department County Engineering Department Schools and Recreation Senior Center Board of Education Public Information Services Local Hospital Foundation
Find a Sponsor Reduce your needs -‐ Budget $1,000 -‐ $5,000 startup $1,000/year on-‐going Seek In-‐Kind donations Raise money Donations Events Grants Sales Dues Tell your story – Evaluation, Annual Report
Safe & Convenient 6-‐8 hours of direct sun Access to aﬀordable water Well drained site Soil is not contaminated Available for at least 5 years Available parking Existing Condition (weeds, trash, ﬁre ants,etc)
Individual or communal plots? Plot size? Tool shed location Composting area Shelter/gathering space Restroom facilities Fencing
Welcome garden is main entry point for gardeners and visitors and serves as a home for beneﬁcial insects. Separate areas for organic and non-‐organic gardeners Plot size 4’ x 20’ 4’ paths between beds 8’ paths in central areas Central location of children’s garden and gathering space Multiple locations for compost bins and tools Area for bulk delivery is accessible to trucks 8’ tall fence to keep out deer and other wildlife
Cooperation with all gardeners and a general respect for others’ space is appreciated. Please read each of these rules carefully as you will be asked to sign an agreement and to abide by them. *No animals allowed *No weeds going to seed *Stay within your boundaries of your plot, as established by the Garden Coordinator at the beginning of the season *Don’t shade or water anyone else’s area * Do not harvest from someone else’s plot *Keep your space neat and clean and remove trash from site *Turn oﬀ the water and put hoses back when ﬁnished *Compost bins are for compost only
_________Community Garden and all project volunteers shall be held free from any liability for any personal injuries or damage to property resulting from your participation in the _______ Community Garden. Gardeners must sign their agreement to follow guidelines and the hold harmless clause.
Standard Business Policy Get added to church or other non proﬁt’s coverage (lower cost) General liability 2,000,000/limit 1,000,000/occurrence Bodily damage Property damage This would cover all gardeners and visitors (make sure volunteers are covered) v Medical $5000/person/yr v Name location of garden if it is at a diﬀerent site
Set Garden Guidelines (organic, pesticide free, low toxic) allow ﬂexibility Develop a packet of information for gardeners Hold workshops based on gardener’s needs and interests. Lots of great resources See resource links
Plan Events and Educational Opportunities Invite the general public Create a communication network: email, website, newsletter, bulletin board, phone tree, etc.
Mid April Planting Day Warm season crops (tomatoes, squash, green beans, sweet corn)June/July Open House Workday the weekend beforeAug Clean Up Day WeedsAug-Sept Planting Day Fall and/or cover crops Harvest Meal
Celebrate special events. Share food and recipes. Incorporate the garden into community life. Look for opportunities to grow and change. Share what you learn.
NC State Community Gardening Website http://nccommunitygarden.ncsu.edu/ Eat Smart Move More Community Gardening Publication http://nccommunitygarden.ncsu.edu/primer.html How to Organize an Allotment Community Garden http://cals.ncsu.edu/hort_sci/extension/documents/ag-‐727.pdf NC Community Garden Partners http://www.facebook.com/NCCGP NC Cooperative Extension Horticulture Publications http://cals.ncsu.edu/hort_sci/extension/extension-‐publications.php
Minimizing Risks of Urban Contaminants in Urban Gardens http://cals.ncsu.edu/hort_sci/extension/documents/AG-‐439-‐78.pdf Let’s Move Faith Based Communities http://www.hhs.gov/partnerships/resources/Pubs/lets_move_toolkit.pdf Gardening calendar for Eastern North Carolina http://pender.ces.ncsu.edu/ﬁles/library/71/VegPlantingGuide.pdf Gardening Calendar for Central North Carolina http://cals.ncsu.edu/hort_sci/extension/documents/AG-‐756.pdf
Missouri Community Gardening tool-‐kit with forms etc. http://extension.missouri.edu/explorepdf/miscpubs/mp0906.pdf Food safety in the community garden. http://g.virbcdn.com/_f/ﬁles/0c/FileItem-‐259929-‐FoodSafetyWebCurriculum.pdf
In 2008 – There were an estimated 173 million Christians in the US and almost 9 million people of other faiths. Captive audience Willing to help others Source: http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/2012/tables/12s0075.pdf
Invite various groups, associations, and people in your congregation or community to help start the garden. Involve young people as participants in the garden. Consider devoting a portion of the garden to members of youth after school groups. Source: http://www.hhs.gov/partnerships/resources/Pubs/lets_move_toolkit.pdf
1. Prayer ﬁrst. 2.Identify who in your Parish is interested in gardening, as well as the community that your Parish resides in. There is strength in Unity. 3. Prayer before all activities will help make miraculous things happen, and expect things to happen in “God’s time”. 4. Seek out donations of labor and supplies from your congregation’s members. Source:http://g.virbcdn.com/_f/ﬁles/e1/FileItem-‐259582-‐Howtostartafaithbasedcommunitygarden2.pdf
To help unify our local community since food is our neighborhood commonality. We will accomplish this by improving our local food sources and by empowering people to feed themselves with self-‐grown, nutritious and aﬀordable food. Source: http://g.virbcdn.com/_f/ﬁles/e1/FileItem-‐259582-‐Howtostartafaithbasedcommunitygarden2.pdf
Schedule group projects, workdays, and garden pot lucks and include garden prayers services as an essential component. The good Lord does better work that we do—keep the faith! Plan Church community workdays to complete large projects, such as the actual construction of the garden, irrigation system, or even a shed. Enlist the additional groups from the church, such as youth groups, boy scouts, social ministry, ladies guilds, etc. Source: http://g.virbcdn.com/_f/ﬁles/e1/FileItem-‐259582-‐Howtostartafaithbasedcommunitygarden2.pdf
Is a great “unity project” that also provides your church community with an abundance of healthy and aﬀordable fresh food. Food is our neighborhood commonality… Start a faith-‐based garden today, and help unify your community! Source: http://g.virbcdn.com/_f/ﬁles/e1/FileItem-‐259582-‐Howtostartafaithbasedcommunitygarden2.pdf
Clear statement of process in guidelines Contact gardener to see if they need help Reassign plot quickly Plant cover crop or designate as shared plot
Clear statement in agreement Strong maintenance committee Assign all plots, or plant cover crops Mulch Manage abandoned plots quickly Don’t allow the weeds to form seeds
Recruit neighbors to participate Build positive relationship Keep garden looking good Listen & Respect Be considerate –sound, dust, parking
Model respect, compassion, humor Build peace into guidelines Design garden to minimize conﬂict Wide pathways Group organic gardeners together Act quickly to resolve diﬀerences
Encourage shared responsibility Support delegating, mentoring Build democratic process Create structure
Have clear guidelines Harvest frequently Recruit support of neighbors, police You-‐pick garden & sharing basket outside fence Signs Plant root crops and unusual varieties along fence Secure furniture with cables Paint tools bright colors
Keep garden clean – lines of sight open Deﬁne boundaries Act quickly to repair damage