How to start a community garden
Funding and land selection
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In every community there are individuals who will or are able to help support a garden. The local tree service may donate chipped wood for weed control on the paths. The county assemblyman may provide a small donation to buy seeds for those who are unable to buy their own. Ask everyone, letting them know that it is for everyone.
It is not necessary to find a large plot of land. Look for large open spaces behind businesses. A business owner may want to boost their business and would appreciate some foot traffic. Some families may have unused spaces that would lend themselves to a community garden. The area should get at least 6 full hours of sun a day. The soil needs to be tested for safety. If the land owner is providing water, make sure that the budget is large enough to cover the cost.
Teach and train people to garden
To be a gardener requires the will to grow the plants. Many people who always believed that they did not possess a green thumb learned from the people around them. Invite speakers and master gardener’s to share information with the community garden members. Local agricultural extensions at the colleges often will send people out to teach and train. The community and the garden will continue to grow. It is amazing what can happen with some seeds, some water and a little direction. A community garden is a beautiful sight to behold.