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Management plan template for garden teams

This Management Plan template is about the governance of your community garden…. it’s about social design rather than site design although it does cover management of the site in general.

The Plan was developed through participatory processes with the cooperation of teams setting up new community gardens. As a participatory design process developed over a number of years, approaches adopted in its development included World Cafe, the Workshop Method, structured conversation and strategic questioning.

The need for establishing governance processes for new community gardens has been evident for some time. It has become apparent over the years that the lack of clarity means of dealing with conflict and with dominating personalities in community gardens can drive away gardeners and even lead to the abandonment of gardens. The need for establishing some kind of agreement among gardeners about conduct, decision-making processes and resolving disagreement is a learning of community gardening.

Another reason for developing the Plan was that some local governments ask for a plan of management as part of their application for assistance in the community gardening process.

The Plan will be reviewed from time to time and changes made. We welcome your feedback on using the plan so that timely changes can be made. Produced by ACFCGN, March 2011.

Growing Community:

Starting and Nurturing Community Gardens

Growing Community fills the need for a comprehensive guidebook to starting community gardens. Although written in South Australia, the contents are applicable in other places. In it, you find information on managing community gardens. This is important, as important as knowing how to grow food, because, without effective and participatory management, gardens can become unstuck, socially and physically. The book is also about sustaining community gardens.

Together with its companion website, the booklet covers the latest evidence for the benefits of community gardening, tips for getting started, avoiding common pitfalls, sustainable and creative garden design, gardening in schools, integrating community gardens into health and community programs and more. There are model forms that new community garden groups will find useful.

The edition was funded by the South Australian Department of Health and acknowledges the support of the Community and Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association and the Australian City Farms & Community Gardens Network. It was produced in February 2010.

Getting Started in Community Gardening:

A guide to planning, design and implementation of community garden projects

This guide draws heavily upon the excellent Community Gardening in South Australia Resource Kit developed by claire fulton, and the work of Russ Grayson and Fiona Campbell of the Community Gardens Australia (CGA). It is also informed by the systems and resources developed by the team at Cultivating Community in Victoria, the folk at Northey Street City Farm in Brisbane, and CERES Environmental Park in Melbourne. Details of these organisations and resources are listed at the back of this guide.

This project was funded and coordinated by the City of Sydney Waste Education Team and produced in 2008 by Faith Thomas.

Good Practice Guide for Community Gardens

Cultivating Community’s manual for starting and managing community gardens in Victoria, produced in 2002.

The Good practice Guide for Community Gardens manual contains practical advice in the following chapters:

  • Setting Up a Group
  • Finding a Site
  • Garden management
  • Money—managing and raising
  • Publicity
  • People—including volunteers and training
  • Legal Requirements – including health and safety and insurance
  • Evaluation

Appendices include:

  • books
  • websites
  • organisations
  • working with local councils
  • potential funding sources
  • checklist for effective meetings
  • conflict resolution

Contact Details
Cultivating Community
Ph: (03) 9415 6580

Comments (2)

  • mez
    17/04/2013 at 10:23 pm Reply

    Hi there, Can someone plse answer my questions about starting a community garden on the land at our primary school? The school is owned ( ? ) by the Education Department, so are the school allowed to start such a project on the edge of the school grounds?
    Mez . – Parent and teacher at Baranduda Primary School, Victoria.

  • Edward Thirlwall
    02/05/2013 at 5:32 pm Reply

    Wow great stuff here. I’ve always been interested in gardening but having moved to Sydney a few years ago, I don’t have that luxury anymore. My tools are in my storage shed somewhere waiting to be used. Maybe I could embark on one of these community garden projects to ignite my interest all over again. I know of many friends who are gardening enthusiast as well and I would also love to get the kids involved to get them used to the idea of dirt and work producing results. Your website has given me the impetus to get to my storage shed and reorganise my tools for use once again. Thank you for doing this and I sincerely hope this project can be extended to schools and other communities as well.

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