The Urban Roots Community Gardening Training Program is a 9-week course designed to teach community leaders core community

organizing and horticulture skills. The course emphasizes organic gardening and is designed for gardens that are producing food. For the last 7 years, over 200 students have participated in this hands-on course learning the skills needed to create and maintain strong, vibrant, and sustainable community gardens. These graduates have gone on to further their leadership roles in neighborhoods by leading workshops, hosting volunteer days, starting food entrepreneurship projects, and enhancing gardens all over the city. Urban Roots is open to residents of Wayne County who demonstrate involvement and/or interest in community gardening. All applications will be considered. Class fees are $75 for the entire 9 weeks and include all course materials. Limited full and partial scholarships are available to qualified applicants. Incentives will be provided to participants who attend at least 8 of the 9 classes, actively participate, and complete all Urban Roots assignments and a garden portfolio. Name: Address: City: Home Phone: Cell Phone: Emergency Contact Name: Emergency Contact Phone (include area code): ________ ________ Zip: ______________________ ______________ ________ ________ __

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This program is for individuals interested in COMMUNITY GARDENS A community garden is a space that is open to the public where more than one family is gardening together or where there are multiple family or group plots together in one location. Are you currently involved with a community garden? If you are currently active in a community garden: What is the name of the garden? Where is it located? How long have you been involved? If you are not currently active in a community garden: Are you interested in starting one? Yes No Do you have a specific location in mind for a new community garden? If yes, where is the location? Yes No

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Please describe your experience gardening or any other garden training you have received. Include any areas of specialization (vegetables, flowers, season extension, etc.). ________ ________ ________ ________ ________ ________ ______________ _____________________________________________________________________________________
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Please list any previous volunteer work, including name of organization, supervisor and phone number and/or email (does not necessarily need to be garden-related). ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ Why do you want to take this course? ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ Please describe your interests, hobbies and any other activities that you are involved with and/or have been involved with in the past (e.g. sports, artistic activities, crafts, fishing, gardening, swimming). __ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___

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Our Selection Criteria and Requirements We will consider all applications; however, class size is limited. Participants will be selected from applicants who meet all or most of the following criteria:       Resides in Wayne County Has experience in community gardening and/or relevant volunteer experience Interested in starting or getting involved with a community garden Enjoys working with diverse groups of people Able to attend all of the Urban Roots classes Willing to share information gained from Urban Roots classes with members of your community

Urban Roots Participant Agreement I meet all or most of the criteria for becoming an Urban Roots participant (see above) and wish to enroll in the Urban Roots community gardening training program. I understand that if accepted into this program, I must attend at least eight of the nine classes (from 9AM to 2PM) to receive the incentives offered.


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SCHEDULE Urban Roots is a 9-week course. Partial attendance is NOT an option. Classes begin February 11th and end April 4th. All classes are held Saturdays from 9AM – 2PM except the final graduation celebration held on Wednesday April 4th, 5-7PM. If you miss more than one class you will not be eligible to receive the incentives offered. Week 1 (Feb 11th): Community Organizing Week 2 (Feb 18th): Site Assessment, Planning, and Maintenance Week 3 (Feb 25th): Garden Resource Mobilization Week 4* (Mar 3rd): Plant Basics Week 5 (Mar 10th): Garden Design and Growing Flowers Week 6 ((Mar 17th): Growing Vegetables and Fruits Week 7 (Mar 24th): Soils and Composting Week 8 (Mar 31st): Managing Garden Pests Week 9 (Apr 4th): Garden Portfolio Presentations & Celebration * Week 4 will be held at the Belle Isle Conservatory. Maps and driving directions will be provided. LOCATION All classes are held at American Indian Health and Family Services, 4880 Lawndale, Detroit, 48210, with the exception of week 4, which will be held at the Belle Isle Conservatory. CLASS REQUIREMENTS  Attendance (at least 8 of 9 classes to receive incentives), no class make-ups or excused absences.  Active participation in classes. Classes are hands-on and include some outdoor activities.  Complete required assignments.  Complete Urban Roots Garden Portfolio. INCENTIVES  2012 Membership to The Garden Resource Program (including seeds and plants).  Priority soil testing for your community garden.  Reference books, gloves, Urban Roots t-shirt, and more!!! FEE The total cost for the 9-week course and printed text is $75. Please make checks payable to The Greening of Detroit. Persons who wish to withdrawal from the class will receive a full refund if Urban Roots is notified by 3PM on February 6th. SCHOLARSHIPS Limited full and partial scholarships are available for low-income households. If you would like to apply, please submit a letter explaining why you should be considered for a scholarship with your completed application no later than January 16th. We will let you know if you’ve received a scholarship by February 2nd. Payment plans are also available upon request. APPLICATION DEADLINE The completed application and fee are due no later than January 23rd, 2012. Applications can be sent by mail to The Greening of Detroit, 1418 Michigan Avenue, Detroit, MI 48216, c/o Tepfirah Rushdan; by email to; or by fax to (313) 237-8737 attn: Tepfirah. Completion of application does not guarantee a spot in the class. All applicants will be contacted by February 2nd, 2012. CONTACT US If you have questions or need further information, please call or email Tepfirah Rushdan at or (313) 285-2232.
This program is a collaboration of: The Garden Resource Program Collaborative provides support for urban gardens and farms in Detroit, Highland Park and Hamtramck. The founding partners are The Detroit Agriculture Network, Earthworks Urban Farm, The Greening of Detroit and Michigan State University Extension. Today, the collaborative is made up of hundreds of community-based organizations and residents providing support to over 1,200 gardens and farms across our community. For more information, contact The Greening of Detroit at (313)237-8736 or visit our website at

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Creating a successful community garden takes more than just a “green thumb”. It also takes time, dedication, leadership, and organization. Often these elements are overlooked, and as a result, initial enthusiasm is lost and community gardens are short-lived. The first three sessions of Urban Roots provide participants with skills, resources and ideas for how to overcome organizational and logistical challenges in order to build and maintain successful and sustainable community gardens. COMMUNITY ORGANIZING Who are you trying to reach? How do you get people to the table and keep them there? Learn techniques to recruit volunteers, organize gardeners, ensure community support, and build effective leadership in a community garden. SITE ASSESSMENT, PLANNING, & DEVELOPMENT From the ground up, learn how to find and secure the best garden location. Determine who owns the land you are gardening on and what options you have for leasing or acquiring. Review current city policies toward urban gardening. Begin to develop your site, step by step. GARDEN RESOURCE MOBILIZATION Assess the needs of your garden and explore the options for meeting these needs. Build up your knowledge of local resources and support. This class includes assessment tools as well as tips on fundraising, grant writing, donations and budgeting. The next five Urban Roots sessions focus on building a “green thumb”, also essential to a successful community garden. These hands-on and interactive sessions provide horticulture skills, knowledge and practices that will ensure a productive and abundant harvest. PLANT BASICS Basic plant science, plant identification skills, seed starting and propagation. This class focuses on applying knowledge to typical gardening situations. This class will be held at Belle Isle Conservatory to provide participants with hands on and practical experience as they learn these skills. GARDEN DESIGN & GROWING FLOWERS Principles and guidelines for garden design, including plant selection, building permanent features (e.g. raised beds and pathways), planning thematic beds and applying appropriate design for specific sites. This class also covers skills for growing flowers, including annuals and perennials. GROWING VEGETABLES & FRUITS Skills for growing, harvesting and maintaining vegetables and fruits in the garden. Topics include crop rotation, growing requirements, organic growing principles, selecting seed and plant varieties, and spacing and thinning techniques. SOILS & COMPOSTING Soil composition and fertility, bed preparation, composting methods and soil improvement techniques. MANAGING GARDEN PESTS Identification of insects (including pests and beneficials), pest problems and practical solutions to prevent and manage in an environmentally responsible way. Throughout the course, students will work to create a garden portfolio. The portfolio is a compilation of information, resources, and plans related to the participant’s selected community garden site (including contact information, garden maps, garden records, photos, and many other garden-related items). The portfolio is a culmination of Urban Roots coursework and will continue to serve as a valuable tool after the course, helping to organize garden goals and plans, and ensuring support for community gardening efforts, including funding and community buy-in. PORTFOLIO PRESENTATION & CELEBRATION Students will share their garden portfolio and how they plan to apply their Urban Roots experience in their community at the final Urban Roots class.

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