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From Neglected Parcels to Community Gardens: A Handbook

From Neglected Parcels to Community Gardens: A Handbook

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From Neglected Parcels to Community Gardens: A Handbook
From Neglected Parcels to Community Gardens: A Handbook

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From Neglected Parcels toFrom Neglected Parcels toCommunity Gardens:Community Gardens: A Handbook A Handbook
 
Our MissionOur Mission
:
To help people grow and share fresh produce.To teach urban youth responsibility, cooperation and ecological awareness.To be an active resource for sustainable organic gardening.
 
 
 
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Principle Author
 Brian Emerson, with input from the
Wasatch Community Gardens
staff: Ginger Ogilvie,Celia Bell, Don Anderson, Agnes Chiao and Rob Ferris.
Acknowledgments
 
Wasatch Community Gardens
and the author would like to thank the
 Barbara L. Tanner Fellowship
and the
University of Utah Lowell Bennion Center 
for funding this project.
Wasatch Community Gardens
is a community-based, non-profit organization serving SaltLake City's low-income neighborhoods since 1989.
Wasatch Community Gardens
 cultivates individual growth and neighborhood unity through community gardening andyouth gardening education.
 
 
 
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Table Of Contents
Preface
4
 
Introduction: What is a Community Garden?
5
Forming a Planning Committee
6
Sample: Time Line For Planning a Community Garden
Envisioning Stage
8
Investigating Land Options and Choosing a Site
9
Site Assessment Criteria and Selection Process
Acquiring Permission to Use Land for Community Gardens
15
Finding Out Who Owns the Property
Seeking Permission to Use Privately Owned Land
Sample Letter to Property Owner
Seeking Permission to Use City or County Owned Land
Seeking Permission to Use Land within Existing Parks
Tips for Proposing Community Gardens to City or County Councils
Legal Issues: Becoming a Non-profit/ Tax-Exempt Status
20
Things to Consider Including in a Lease
23
Sample Lease Agreement
Insurance Issues
25
Generating and Assessing the Interest of the Community
26
Planning the Garden
27
Sample: Community Garden Information & Policies
Sample: Community Garden Rules and Gardener’s Responsibilities
 Fundraising: How To
30
Sample: Initial Community Garden Budget
Garden Coordinator, Steward, and Treasurer Job Descriptions
33
Sample: Garden Steward Job Description
Sample: Garden Coordinator Job Description/Responsibilities
Sample: Treasurer Job Description
Prepare and Develop the Site
36
 
Organize the Gardeners
39
Sample: Orientation Outline
Long-term Planning
40
Maintaining the Site and Promoting Positive Community Relations
42
Challenges Community Gardens May Face
Resource Guide for Starting a Community Gardening
44
Sources
47
 
Appendix—Organic Gardening
48
 

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