9. Useful skills

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...for community garden organisers

You might find these skills among your community garden group or in community college courses, your local library or on the worldwide web.

Technical skills:

  • garden soil preparation and garden construction
  • propagating plants from seed and planting out
  • compost making
  • using mulch
  • organic pest management
  • conserving water in the garden
  • how to draw up a planting calendar for gardening through the seasons.

Interpersonal skills:

  • participatory design processes,  decision making and problem solving
  • conflict resolution
  • facilitating meetings
  • negotiating
  • helpfulness, tolerance, patience and a sense of humour
  • the ability to think laterally, develop innovative solutions, make do with what is at hand and apply your own creative intelligence.

Planning and starting your community garden by Russ Grayson + Fiona Campbell, 2002

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