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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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Wellesley, MA community garden going to pot?

Wellesley, MA community garden going to pot? | Community Gardening Resources | Scoop.it

Wellesley community gardeners have been shocked to discover that their 52 long-tended garden plots have morphed into what appears to have the makings of a giant marijuana farm.

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10 Urban Agriculture Projects in Berlin, Germany

10 Urban Agriculture Projects in Berlin, Germany | Community Gardening Resources | Scoop.it
A city once divided finds another way to reunite – with urban agriculture.
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Thumbs up for green-thumb schools: Gardening teaches kids math, science and healthy eating

Thumbs up for green-thumb schools: Gardening teaches kids math, science and healthy eating | Community Gardening Resources | Scoop.it
Recognizing the skills that come from gardening, Oregon and nonprofit organizations offer information and grants to schools to support campus gardens.
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The Oregonian

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Seed Starting Resources

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Tips on Growing Vegetable and Flower Transplants
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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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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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Purdue Extension Vegetable Tips: Planning the Garden

Purdue Extension Vegetable Tips: Planning the Garden | Community Gardening Resources | Scoop.it

Planning is the first and most basic step in home vegetable gardening. Planning not only saves time when you're ready to plant, it also gives you an idea of the types and quantities of seeds or plants you'll need.

 

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Get the Right Light for Growing Seeds

Get the Right Light for Growing Seeds | Community Gardening Resources | Scoop.it

Seedlings grown under too low of light are very poor quality and probably won't survive outdoors. Luckily, we can use supplemental lighting with good results in growing plants indoors.

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21 Community Garden Leadership Tips

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Community Garden Leadership Tips

 

Boston Natural Areas Network

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Lead in the Home Garden and Urban Soil Environment

Lead in the Home Garden and Urban Soil Environment | Community Gardening Resources | Scoop.it

Informs homeowners about risks involved with gardening in high lead soils. Provides a better understanding of health risk problems associated with high lead soils. Explains how to minimize potential problems from high lead soils.

 

University of Minnesota Extension

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Ten Steps to a Successful Garden - Illinois Vegetable Garden Guide

Ten Steps to a Successful Garden - Illinois Vegetable Garden Guide | Community Gardening Resources | Scoop.it

Vegetables from the home garden are fresher, may have better nutrient values, and are often less costly than those sold in store.

 

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Handbook for Starting a Community Garden

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Community Garden Season Begins at Illinois State Fairgrounds

Community Garden Season Begins at Illinois State Fairgrounds | Community Gardening Resources | Scoop.it
The calendar says spring, but it's still cooler than it's supposed to be, and that may affect the pl
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Master Gardeners help Texas community garden grow

Master Gardeners help Texas community garden grow | Community Gardening Resources | Scoop.it

We feel like it's a peaceful place to be, said Bowe, a retired elementary school teacher. Over the last three years, the master gardeners have grown five tons of produce for needy families.

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Bismarck, North Dakota Community Plots Give Gardeners Opportunity

Bismarck, North Dakota Community Plots Give Gardeners Opportunity | Community Gardening Resources | Scoop.it
Spring is here, bringing another planting season along with it. For those who don't have space to garden, consider joining a local community garden or community-supported agriculture project.
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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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Eat Smart, Move More NC: Growing Communities Through Gardens

Eat Smart, Move More NC: Growing Communities Through Gardens | Community Gardening Resources | Scoop.it

Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina: Growing Communities through Gardens is a planning and resource guide for anyone who is thinking about starting a community garden.

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Community Gardening: Getting Gardeners Involved

There are lots of ways to organize a community garden. They key is to keep gardeners involved in a variety of ways by using their talents such as: leadership...

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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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Space Saving Ideas for Vegetables

If you don't have a large area for growing vegetables, you may want to try these ideas for growing vegetables in limited spaces...

 

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Promoting Good Soil

Promoting Good Soil | Community Gardening Resources | Scoop.it

Let's face it. Soil is underrated, under appreciated and for the most part "over-ignored" by most people. The foundation of a good garden is good soil; therefore, the main lesson in gardening is getting to know your soil. First, even though we use the terms interchangeably "soil" is not the same as "dirt". Dirt is the stuff in your vacuum cleaner.

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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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Making a Raised Bed Garden

Making a Raised Bed Garden | Community Gardening Resources | Scoop.it

Raised beds are the best way to grow most vegetables and herbs. The soil drains faster, is easier to work, and is less weedy.

 

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A Taste of Gardening

A Taste of Gardening | Community Gardening Resources | Scoop.it

Here's a great resource for learning the basics of gardening.

 

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Root Vegetables: The Underground Garden

Root Vegetables: The Underground Garden | Community Gardening Resources | Scoop.it

It is time to shed a little light on those vegetables that grow underground, often called the 'root crops'. Included in this list are vegetables such as carrots, radishes, beets, parsnips, salsify, turnips and rutabaga.

 

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