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Community Gardens


American Community Garden AssociationThe Mission of the American Community Gardening Association is to build community by increasing and enhancing community gardening and greening across the United States and Canada.

Dig, Eat, and Be Healthy: A Guide to Growing Food on Public Property
This guide lays out a framework and identifies some of the unique legal and policy issues related to growing food on public land:

  • Section one: Outlines opportunities to work with public agencies to identify and inventory suitable growing sites and develop a process for partners to access these sites.
  • Section two: Describes common types of agreements that govern the relationship between food-growing groups and public entities, such as leases, licenses, and joint use agreements.
  • Section three: Identifies some of the common provisions in those agreements, such as liability, utilities, maintenance, growing practices, contamination, access and security, and improvements.
  • Section four: Highlights special issues related to growing food on school district property.

Cultivating Community: A Guide to Starting Community A Garden
This guide was developed by the Kamloops Food Policy Council and outlines steps to develop and operate a community garden.

Start a Community Food Garden: The Essential Handbook
This hardworking guide covers every step of the process: fundraising, community organizing, site sourcing, garden design and planning, finding and managing volunteers, and managing the garden through all four seasons. A section dedicated to the basics of growing was designed to be used by community garden leaders as an educational tool for teaching new members how to successfully garden.

Summer Sprouts – Cleveland Program
The Summer Sprout program, funded by the City of Cleveland Department of Community Development, provides seeds, plants, hydrant access (purchase of permit is required) and other garden resources to qualifying community gardens.

Public Land Trust
Our mission is to create parks and protect land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. Every park, playground, and public space we create is an open invitation to explore, wonder, discover, and play.