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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.

 

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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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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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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 Gardening: Fun for Kids

Children can learn a lot by gardening, but their skills and attention spans vary with age.

 

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Tools for the Garden

Gardening is a good way to save money by growing your own vegetables, and you don't have to have a huge financial investment to get started. 

 

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A Taste of Gardening

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

 

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Video: U of IL Extension's 100 Earthboxes and Tower Gardens at Museum of Science and Industry Smart Home Garden

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EarthBox - Homegrown Vegetables Without A Garden

EarthBox - Homegrown Vegetables Without A Garden | Community Gardening Resources | Scoop.it
Effortlessly grow vegetables (tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, eggplant, peppers and more!), flowers, and herbs right at your fingertips! On your patio, porch, or deck without the need to pull weeds, this fool-proof growing system is ready in just minutes and can be reused year after year, for a successful and easy garden every time. If you want an easy, simple, and successful growing system that outproduces other vegetable gardens, then the Original EarthBox container gardening system is just right for you! Great results, no matter color your thumb is.
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Community gardens are ‘microcosm of the community

Community gardens are ‘microcosm of the community | Community Gardening Resources | Scoop.it

The Calavera Schoolhouse Community Garden in Carlsbad, CA has been open for five months and already it has a waiting list of more than 100 eager gardeners wanting to get growing.

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Vea Su Jardín Crecer

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Vea Su Jardín Crecer es su guía para escoger, preparar, cultivar y guardar vegetales comunes.

 

Extensión de la Universidad de Illinois

 

 

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Smart Pots - Container Gardening, Hydroponic Fabric Containers

Smart Pots - Container Gardening, Hydroponic Fabric Containers | Community Gardening Resources | Scoop.it
Smart Pots fabric containers are an innovative advancement in container gardening and hydroponics. Used by commercial tree growers for over 20 years.
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American Community Gardening Association

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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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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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Gardening Questions? Ask a Master Gardener

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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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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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Fiskars Community Garden Grants

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Garden grants available

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How You Can Turn New York City's Vacant Lots into Community Gardens

How You Can Turn New York City's Vacant Lots into Community Gardens | Community Gardening Resources | Scoop.it
DNAinfo spoke to several gardening experts about how to start your own neighborhood green space.
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Community Garden Leader's Month by Month Task Organizers

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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: Typical Costs

When starting a community garden, you should plan a budget. One of the major costs may be providing water for the garden, and preparing the site initially. 

 

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Composting Central

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Resources for the composting of yard and garden waste, livestock manure and food scraps.

 

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Growing a bounty for Garden State's hungry

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Chip Paillex's nonprofit, America's Grow-a-Row, grows and harvests fruits and vegetables for people in need throughout the state of New Jersey.
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Get your urban agriculture fix at a Portland community garden near you

Get your urban agriculture fix at a Portland community garden near you | Community Gardening Resources | Scoop.it
As summer comes to an end, some people may think that gardening season does too. Not so says Andreas who is busy planning her over-winter veggies.
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