Community Organizing

Start a Garden!

You want to start a community or school garden? We’re here to help. With a dedicated group of people working to see the project through and some careful planning, you’re on your way.  Click here to learn more.

Garden Organizing & Leadership

Garden organizing and leadership go hand-in-hand; as a garden leader you are at once a decision-maker, a garden manager, a community organizer, and much more. But don’t let that overwhelm you, there’s no need to do it all yourself.  Follow the links below for resources to help guide and inspire you and your team of garden leaders.

Get Organized: Organize your team, develop your leadership skills, and establish guidelines and procedures that keep your garden running smoothly.

Grow Support: Support your garden by connecting with your community, seeking donations and raising funds.

Share the Work: Determine what work needs to be done, when it needs to happen, and how tasks will be shared, so you can work together to pull off a successful season.

Foster Community: Foster an inclusive, engaged, celebratory garden community by investing in individual gardeners and encouraging creative thinking.

Build Solutions: Address common garden issues, such as interpersonal conflict, environmental challenges, food safety, vandalism and more, by building resilient solutions.

Measure Success: Set goals and evaluate your program to measure the success of your community-based garden.

Community-based Garden Organizer Handbooks

There are already many wonderfully useful resources out there designed specifically for people like you, who are starting, managing, and/or growing community and school gardens. Click here for a links to some of our favorites. For those looking to develop a community garden in partnership with a housing community, check out our toolkit here

Toolshed Tips

Check out our most recent toolshed tips below! These tips are meant to inspire your community garden projects, maintain momentum, and help your garden flourish.

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