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Community Gardening Toolkit | University of Missouri Extension

Community Gardening Toolkit | University of Missouri Extension | Community Gardening Resources | Scoop.it

This guide provides a framework for organizing and managing different types of community gardens with a primary focus on neighborhood community gardens, which typically share the following characteristics.

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One of the most direct ways to increase access to fresh, healthy produce is to grow it yourself. Many urban areas promote and support community gardens or home gardens. Gardeners and garden organizations should contact their local extension office for location specific information on gardening practices and crops.

Urban gardeners must be attentive to soil contamination issues - in fact, some municipalities mandate that soil be brought in for raised bed gardening to assure that there is not soil contamination.

 

Here are some other resources for community gardeners:

 

American Community Gardening Association, Starting a Community Garden: The American Community Gardening Association provides a wealth of resources on how to start and maintain a community garden. Check out their extensive resource collection on their learn page.

http://communitygarden.org/learn/starting-a-community-garden.php

 

Kitchen Gardeners International: This non-profit organization helps people grow their own food, wherever they live. Instructions for starting a kitchen garden can be found on their Education page.

http://kgi.org/how-to-grow-a-kitchen-garden

University of Wisconsin Fresh Vegetable Series: Four page brochures that offer practical tips for buying, storing and cooking different vegetables.

http://fyi.uwex.edu/garden2table/uncategorized/new-farm-fresh-vegetables-series-from-the-learning-store/

 

University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension resources for Urban and Community Gardens: The University of Wisconsin-Extension Learning Store carries downloadable resources on community gardens, composting, and issues of soil contamination.

http://learningstore.uwex.edu/Urban-Community-Gardens-C371.aspx

 

Got Dirt? Gardening Initiative: The Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ Nutrition and Physical Activity program developed “Got Dirt?” - a toolkit that provides step-by-step plans for starting a garden. While written for Wisconsin, the toolkit is useful for community and school gardens throughout the country.

http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/physical-activity/FoodSystem/Gardening/GotDirt/index.htm

 

Policy Link: Policy link’s Growing Urban Agriculture focus area  provides many tools to improve healthy food access, including their “Urban Ag Toolkit.”

http://www.policylink.org/site/c.lkIXLbMNJrE/b.8370635/k.ADC3/Urban_Agriculture.htm#.Ugq2Wtj9U9Y

 

http://www.policylink.org/site/c.lkIXLbMNJrE/b.7634003/k.519E/Access_to_Healthy_Food.htm

 

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un guide sur le jardinage communautraire, in english...

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Green thumbs up: Minnesota County offers support for community garden

Green thumbs up: Minnesota County offers support for community garden | Community Gardening Resources | Scoop.it
WORTHINGTON — Nobles County commissioners on Tuesday offered their support for a collaborative project between the local University of Minnesota Extension...
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Is urban farming only for rich hipsters?

Is urban farming only for rich hipsters? | Community Gardening Resources | Scoop.it
Farms are springing up in cities across Europe, but if they exclude lower income groups they’ll do little to help shift towards sustainable food system
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A slice of home becomes a path to activism

A slice of home becomes a path to activism | Community Gardening Resources | Scoop.it

A community garden in Philadelphia helps students keep their culture close while grappling with issues like workers’ rights and food access.

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Pacific Beach Community Garden closing after 40 years in San Diego

Pacific Beach Community Garden closing after 40 years in San Diego | Community Gardening Resources | Scoop.it
San Diego’s oldest community garden, will end its 40-year run on Dec. 31
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New Haven farms, gardens are new prescription for health for many city residents

New Haven farms, gardens are new prescription for health for many city residents | Community Gardening Resources | Scoop.it

Conception Guerrero not only lost weight and no longer depends on medication, but she has found she can also be a leader in the community.

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Watch Your Garden Grow : Vegetable Directory

Watch Your Garden Grow : Vegetable Directory | Community Gardening Resources | Scoop.it

A directory of vegetables from the University of Illinois Extension.

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Community Garden Leader's Month by Month Task Organizers

Community Garden Leader's Month by Month Task Organizers | Community Gardening Resources | Scoop.it
Boston Natural Areas Network works to preserve, expand and improve urban open space through community organizing, acquisition, ownership, programming, development and management of special kinds of urban land - Urban Wilds, Greenways and...
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Community Gardens: Why Start One? - YouTube

Community Gardens are started for a variety of reasons: to grow produce, reclaim an empty lot, improve relationships, health benefits, and charity. And it ma...
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Bee Well plants seed for healthy food choices in Edgar County, IL

Bee Well plants seed for healthy food choices in Edgar County, IL | Community Gardening Resources | Scoop.it

When two surveys came out last year that painted a negative picture of the health of Edgar County, IL residents, a partnership was quickly formed to turn the tide.

 

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Cultivating Lifelong Gardeners with Community Gardens

Cultivating Lifelong Gardeners with Community Gardens | Community Gardening Resources | Scoop.it

Though her memories of working in a community garden alongside her parents aren’t exactly fond ones, somewhere along the garden path Kathy Jentz got bit by the gardening bug.“As a child in the 1970s, we lived in apartments and townhomes, so we gardened in community gardens,” says Jentz. 

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Non-profits helping NYers turn abandoned lots into gardens

Non-profits helping NYers turn abandoned lots into gardens | Community Gardening Resources | Scoop.it
Working in a community garden in New York City has never been a bed of roses — but for those not afraid of a little dirt, it’s still possible to secure a personal patch of green space.
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Englewood Community Garden in Chicago Unites Neighborhood After Quadrupling in Size

Englewood Community Garden in Chicago Unites Neighborhood After Quadrupling in Size | Community Gardening Resources | Scoop.it

Yolanda McNeal, 48, said having a community garden creates unity in her neighborhood.

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Affordable Housing Hub Grows Urban Gardening In Providence, RI

Affordable Housing Hub Grows Urban Gardening In Providence, RI | Community Gardening Resources | Scoop.it
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Dayton, Ohio: Partnerships build garden, community in unexpected place

Dayton, Ohio: Partnerships build garden, community in unexpected place | Community Gardening Resources | Scoop.it

With the onset of spring, green buds are arising in unexpected places: Dayton’s urban agricultural sites. The Hanley Sustainability Institute has sprouted a new partnership with both Mission of Mary Cooperative and East End Community Services to embark upon a new...

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Urban farmers find new fields, fertile ground in Berkeley. Missouri

Urban farmers find new fields, fertile ground in Berkeley. Missouri | Community Gardening Resources | Scoop.it
Last winter, about 50 people were displaced from property they had farmed in Kinloch for decades. A corporate gift has their crops back in the ground, in Berkeley.
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Urban farming brings a community together in Oklahoma

Urban farming brings a community  together in Oklahoma | Community Gardening Resources | Scoop.it

Urban farming is not new. Ever since cities started growing and getting more populated, people have found unique ways to grow food in unlikely places.

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The Seattle Just Garden Program Cultivates a Culture of Gardening

The Seattle Just Garden Program Cultivates a Culture of Gardening | Community Gardening Resources | Scoop.it
Just Garden cultivates a culture of gardening by building gardens for low income communities, educating gardeners and celebrating homegrown food as a community.
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American Community Gardening Association

American Community Gardening Association | Community Gardening Resources | Scoop.it

The American Community Gardening Association (ACGA) is a bi-national nonprofit membership organization of professionals, volunteers and supporters of community greening in urban and rural communities.

 

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Gardening Questions? Ask a Master Gardener

Gardening Questions? Ask a  Master Gardener | Community Gardening Resources | Scoop.it

Answers to your gardening questions are just a click away. Cook Extension County Master Gardeners will answer your emailed questions. Please provide a detailed description of your problem.

 

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Faces of Hunger: Clarkston, GA community garden feeds low income locals and immigrants

Faces of Hunger: Clarkston, GA community garden feeds low income locals and immigrants | Community Gardening Resources | Scoop.it

The garden is central to a local and diverse international community in which many have never eaten canned food, a community where 1 in 3 experiences hunger.

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Why it takes more than a grocery store to eliminate a 'food desert'

Why it takes more than a grocery store to eliminate a 'food desert' | Community Gardening Resources | Scoop.it

“Our goal is ambitious. It’s to eliminate food deserts in America completely in seven years.” Michelle Obama spoke these words almost four years ago to students at Philadelphia’s Fairhill Elementary School, as part of her Let’s Move! campaign to end childhood obesity in the United States.

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Nashville's Farm in the City puts face to urban gardens

Nashville's Farm in the City puts face to urban gardens | Community Gardening Resources | Scoop.it

Tucked underneath the Interstate 40 underpass on the corner of Jo Johnston Avenue and Pearl Street lies Farm in the City, a community garden for families and avid gardeners in the Davidson County area.

 

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Five Tips for Community Garden Leaders and Organizers

Five Tips for Community Garden Leaders and Organizers | Community Gardening Resources | Scoop.it

A successful, long-term and healthy garden community requires just as much cultivating as the garden itself. Smart leaders and organizers focus on the people first before the garden is even built. And savvy leaders know that the behavior they model sets the tone for the community as a whole.

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Baltimore church's 7,000-sq.ft. plot will become a source of produce for the community

Baltimore church's 7,000-sq.ft. plot will become a source of produce for the community | Community Gardening Resources | Scoop.it

Church and community members have used the garden to grow produce that's donated to a food bank, and are now laying the foundation for a larger five-year project, installing irrigation and planting trees they hope will yield cherries, peaches, apples, pears and other fruit.

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