A community garden brings together neighbors and is a great way to help the environment. You can transform an empty space into a productive space where you grow a bountiful harvest. Before you break ground, do some planning to make it a success.
Gather a Committee
A community garden takes a lot of coordination. Don’t do it alone. Put out an invitation for any interested community members to form a planning committee. This gives you a chance to brainstorm ideas and come up with some concrete plans for the garden before you start. You can also address things funding the supplies and tools.
Find a Location
The location is one of the crucial components of starting a neighborhood garden. If you’re doing a small garden with just a few neighbors, you might be able to use land on one person’s property. If you want to do a larger scale community garden, look for a space large enough in the community. A corner of a park is a good option. A local non-profit, such as a church, night also allow you to use some of their land. Make sure the spot gets plenty of sunshine so the plants grow well.
Once you identify a community spot, you’ll need to get permission to do the garden there. Find out who owns the land to get the approval you need to break ground.
Make a Plan
Once the site is finalized, you need to make a plan for the garden. You need to determine the size of the garden so you can plan exactly what to plant. Make a list of the vegetables you want to plant in the garden. Determine how much space each vegetable needs. Use this to make a sketch and plot of where each vegetable will go.
You’ll need plenty of volunteers to keep the community garden going. Breaking ground takes a lot of work. You need to work the soil and add compost to make it nutrient-rich. You’ll also need people to plant the vegetables and tend to them for the entire growing season. Make a schedule for your volunteers to make sure the garden is always taken care of.
In theory, the people who volunteer to work in the garden should be able to handle the work with few rules, but you might want to set some ground rules to keep the garden running smoothly. Determine if there are any requirements for participating with the garden, such as a certain residency or paying a fee. Decide how the produce will be distributed fairly. Decide if kids can help out. Establishing rules from the beginning reduces conflict or tension as you get gardening.