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How To Organize a Community Garden (NC Cooperative Extension)

A community garden can help transform people who happen to live in the same place into a united community. It celebrates diversity in individual plots while creating opportunities for people to work together and learn from each other—about gardening, food preparation, and more. This publication from North Carolina Cooperative Extension gives a basic overview of important steps to take in developing a community garden.

The file here has low-resolution photos for quick downloading.

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How to Start a Community Garden (ACGA)

There are many ways to start a community garden. Whether you’re working with friends, neighbors, or a local organization, there are many things you’ll want to consider before you ever dig the first hole.

This fact sheet is designed to give many different groups the basic information they need to get their gardening project off the ground. These lists are in no way meant to be complete. Each main idea will probably trigger more questions, so an assortment of ways to carry out that idea are presented; pick and choose those that seem to apply to your own situation.

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Insurance for Community Gardens

Tags: liability

The American Community Gardening Association ( offers community garden insurance to members through a partner organization, Brunswick Companies. Gardens of all sizes can now be properly protected against unforeseen accidents and liability.  It is a simple and affordable solution to liability insurance for ACGA members.

Policy highlights include:

  Liability ranging from $100,000 to $1 Million Dollars
  Directors and Officers Liability - Package Optional
  Equipment Breakdown Coverage Available
  Annual Premium as Low as $350
  Interest Free Payment Plans
  A+++ Carrier

The process is simple and only available to ACGA membership. Become an ACGA member here:

Request a community garden insurance quote by visiting and completing the easy online application.

Read Description Grants and Fundraising is a resource of the National Gardening Association (NGA). Scroll down on webpage to see the Open Grants that are currently available to apply for. Check back often as new grants open every month. Each applicant is asked to create a Garden Registry profile for their program. The Garden Registry profile can be displayed publicly or privately depending on your organization’s preferences. The Garden Registry profile provides the grant committee with basic insights into your garden program. These details are saved in the database and can be reapplied to multiple grant applications.

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Market Gardening: A Start-up Guide

Market gardening, which entails the intense production of high-value crops, gives farmers the potential to increase their income from a few acres. It is also of interest to people looking at agriculture as an alternative lifestyle. This publication provides an overview of issues you need to be aware of as you consider undertaking market gardening, and suggests helpful resources.

Published by Janet Bachmann © NCAT

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Money for Community Gardens

Tags: funding

This is a special edition publication about Fundraising for community gardens by the ACGA (American Community Gardening Association). Raising money is very much like gardening. It is all about growing – growing relationships. It has everything to do with conveying the importance of your work and finding ways that many people can contribute to the success of your program. Above all, remember this: you have something to offer – to your community, to your donors, to organizations, and to politicians. Do not beg for support. Invite involvement.

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NC Cooperative Extension Community Garden Resources

A website hosted by North Carolina Cooperative Extension that is full of useful information for community gardens. Resources include those on food safety, horticulture, soil health and contaminants, therapeutic horticulture and much more. You will also find links to community garden registries and profiles of Cooperative Extension staff who support community gardens. This website was created and is managed by Dr. Lucy Bradley, Urban Horticulture Specialist at The Cooperative Extension Service at NCSU.

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NC DENR Compost Guidance for Urban Farms and Community Gardens

Tags: compost

The NC Division of Waste Management (under NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources) encourages people and organizations to try composting. They have developed this guidance for urban farms and community gardens in North Carolina in regards to composting on site. Urban farms and community gardens that receive 1 cubic yard or more per week of nitrogenous material or distribute finished compost product to the public should submit a compost pilot and demo application annually. (See “Compost Demo Guide” on website.)

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NC DENR Composting: Organics Recycling

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Good soil is essential to growing healthy gardens. Compost is an organic matter source that has the unique ability to improve the chemical, physical and biological characteristics of soils or growing media. It contains plant nutrients but is typically not characterized as a fertilizer. This website hosted by NC Division of Environmental Assistance and Outreach (under NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources) provides information on composting 101, commercial composting, vermi(worm)composting, compost tea, grants and more!

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Policies & Programs That Can Improve Health - Community Gardens

The County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program, lists policies and programs that can improve health. Community gardens are identified as having “some evidence” of doing so. This page lists evidence and case studies explaining how community gardens increase access to and consumption of healthy food as well increased physical activity.

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Rebel Tomato (ACGA) was created in 2007 by the American Community Gardening Association with funding from the United States Department of Agriculture community food projects grants.

This site was created as a resource for people involved in youth gardening - garden leaders, educators, teachers and, most of all, youth themselves. The site is designed to serve as a one-stop-shop for useful, interesting information about youth gardening, and features several interactive components that are designed to get people exited and talking about gardening.

Seeds: Getting inspired, motivated, and dedicated.  Benefits of community gardening, examples of community gardens and more.
Roots: Practical tools to help plan for the creation of a garden.  Budgets, planning and more.
Shoots: Getting into the details of garden creation.  Choosing plants, doing garden design projects and more.
Fruits: Enjoying and learning from the garden.  Learning about food, nutrition, and science.
Harvest: Continuing to build and benefit from the garden.  Tips about fundraising, evaluation and sustaining the garden.

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School Garden Veggie Planting Guide - Mountains/West

This guide is intended for teachers and youth garden educators to get started planting a vegetable garden with kids.
A NCSU Cooperative Extension publication.

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