A community garden is a piece of land shared by a group of people in which they plant various things ranging from flowers to vegetables. This article seeks to discuss step by step procedures on how to start a community garden.
1. FIND A GROUP OF INTERESTED PEOPLE
As soon as you organize the people who have similar intentions of starting the garden, discuss the kind of garden you would like it to be. For instance, will it be a vegetable garden? Flower garden? Organic garden?
2. FORM THE PLANNING COMMITTEE
This group is usually comprised of members who are committed to the creation of your garden and have all the time to devote. Choose people who are well organized to coordinate various tasks.
3. IDENTIFY AVAILABLE RESOURCES
This entails assessing resources and skills already existing in the community which can help in the creation of the garden. For instance, you may want to look into people in the community who have an experience in gardening or landscaping.
4. FIND A SPONSOR
Sponsors are essential for donations such as seeds or money which can be used to buy necessary tools or fertilizers. A sponsor may be the local church, a school or even a private business.
5. CHOOSE AN APPROPRIATE SITE
Putting into consideration the amount of sunshine the plants need daily and water availability, choose a site for the garden. Find out the owner of the land so as to start making necessary arrangements for getting a lease.
6. PREPARE THE SITE
The land needs a considerable amount of preparation before planting begins. Members of the community garden can volunteer to clean it and gather materials in a bid to work on the plot arrangement.
7. ORGANIZATION OF THE GARDEN
Members can now decide on how each plot will be assigned. Remember to leave some space for storage of tools and the making of a compost heap.
8. PLAN FOR THE KIDS
The inclusion of children in the community garden is essential. Therefore you should consider setting up a special garden for kids. This is due to the fact that the children will not really be interested in the amount of harvest, rather in the gardening process. The area set aside for them will enable them to explore and at their own speed.
9. SET UP THE RULES
The gardeners should personally set up ground rules since we all tend to comply with regulations that we come up with. Some of these rules may be in reference to how the money is spent or how the plots are assigned.
10. BUILD “COMMUNITY” BETWEEN MEMBERS
Great communication promotes a strong community where all members are active participants. You may work on this by creating an email list or having regular celebrations to get everyone closer.
Aside from the fact that community gardens are of great financial benefit, they also foster relationships and promote harmony in the neighborhood as people get to know each other better. Who wouldn’t want that?