There are two ways you can start a community garden
Option 1 – Start Bottom Up
This is the most common approach:
- A group of people get together with a vision or idea.
- You approach the local council or some other institution for help in finding land and, perhaps, for other assistance.
- Alternatively, if you’ve found a site where you would like to make your community garden; you can then find the landowner and approach them
- You determine a governance structure on how you will make decisions, resolve disagreements and communicate.
- Complete a needs analysis to identify what your needs are—how you want to use the community garden, what should be included in it and what you want from the experience of community gardening
- When you’ve have gained access to land, you can then design the garden, build and start to cultivate it.
- This is a great approach as it builds ‘ownership’ of the community garden and the group establishing the garden put in the effort.
For community workers and local government staff, the most constructive role that they play is in assisting the community group and guide without controlling it.
- A group of people that are committed and excited to be on this journey with you.
- Be sure to appoint a co-ordinator to stimulate interest and drive the program to gain support.
It’s great to have horticultural advice from someone in the group or a qualified Horticultrist.