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Breaking Ground on Community Gardens - Advocates for Health in Action

Breaking Ground on Community Gardens - Advocates for Health in Action

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BROUGHT TO YOU BY ADVOCATES FOR HEALTH IN ACTION
Advocates for Health in Action is a group of diverse organizations and community members who are shaping theenvironment throughout Wake County so healthful eating and physical activity are the way of life.
>STEP 1
Form a Planning Committee
Organize a meeting of all interested people and discuss thesteps needed to start the garden project. Choose a well-organized leadership team to oversee the project. It may alsobe helpful to form sub-committees that are responsible forvarious tasks, such as Funding, Youth Activities, Construction,Communication, etc. Choose a name for the garden.
>STEP 2
Defne A Purpose, Objectives & Values
Determine who the garden will serve and if it is meant tobenet a particular group or neighborhood. It is essential thatmembers of those populations are involved in all phases of thegarden project. Determine your short and long-term objectives.Be sure to identify your needs before beginning the gardenproject to guide your planning and implementation.
>STEP 3
Organize The Garden & Activities
Determine how plots will be assigned and how they willbe maintained. Discuss if certain things will be donecooperatively, such as turning the soil in the spring,composting, etc. Decide if gardeners will share tools and otherequipment and if there will be a set of rules which gardenersare expected to follow. The more organized and detailed youare in planning your garden before beginning, the less likelyyou will face conicts and other problems once the projectbegins.
>STEP 4
Create A Year-Round Plan
Remember that a garden is a year-round experience. Plangardens for various seasons, and create a timeline for plantingand harvesting. However, having a year-round garden alsomeans you will have to ensure that there will be members to take care of the garden at all times.
>STEP 5
Choose & Prepare A Site
The garden site should be in an area that receives 6-8 hoursof full sunlight, has good drainage, and is in close proximity towater. The site should be easily accessible by all members.Consider past uses of the land, and perform a soil test in the fallfor nutrients and heavy metals. Be sure there is enough room to include a storage area for tools and other equipment.
>STEP 6
Stick To The Plan
Continue to raise awareness of the garden throughout thecommunity by inviting various groups or organizations tovolunteer work days. Develop creative ways to keep membersmotivated to maintain a successful garden.
Breaking Ground on Community Gardens
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