A brief article on the brief history of community gardening in Australia and its longer history in other countries…
There are two ways to start a community garden… from the bottom up or the top down.
Both approaches work and which one is used depends upon where the proposal for a community garden comes from.
Community garden organisers face a number of challenges such as finding land, convincing the landholder that you will manage the land in a responsible manner…
Just where you start planning for a community garden depends upon the circumstances you are faced with, such as whether you have found a parcel of land and whether you have a group of people willing to put in the work of getting a garden going. The starting point will be different for all of us.
Now that we have seen how other community gardens are run, it’s time for our group to make a start planning
Having formed a group and planned your garden project, it’s time to find a site if you do not have one already.
Now that you have brought your gardening group together and found land, it’s time to start the design process…
You might think that it has taken a lot of effort to get this far are you are right, but time spent in planning is time well spent. You don’t then have to waste your time correcting the mistakes of bad or non-existent planning.
With your garden designed, constructed and planted out, your project now moves into a maintenance phase in which gardening, rather than construction, is the main activity. There will still be garden beds to build for people who join the garden, of course, compost to make and plants to propagate.
Useful skills 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.