Breaking Urban Ground for Community Gardens

Community Gardens bring people together.

Community Gardens bring people together, builds relationships, improves quality of life and activates communities through its bounty, exercise, therapy, education, family budget augmentation, social interaction and neighborhood beautification. A community garden can be used for food, ornamental gardening, urban forestry, preservation and management of open space, memorial gardening and any other types of gardening that a community collectively values.  But much goes into creating one especially if it’s an urban garden.

For any community making a garden takes forethought and organization. This includes:

  • Organizing the group of interested people
  • Identify the community’s resources necessary for the garden’s success including local garden associations, horticultural societies, landscaping professionals, etc.
  • Identify and secure a location
  • Secure a sponsor
  • Test the soil on the site for pollutants, and check for of water availability
  • Determine if liability insurance will be necessary
  • Prepare and develop the site

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About jensera

Jennifer Harrington is a Toronto-based illustrator, writer and graphic designer. She illustrated the best-selling children’s book series 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' which includes the titles 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' 'The Night Before a Canadian Christmas' and 'Canadian Jingle Bells.' She is also the owner of JSH Graphics, a boutique graphic design agency that specializes in print and web advertising. With her latest project, Eco Books 4 Kids, Jennifer has partnered with illustrator Michael Arnott to create a series of ecologically-themed ebooks for children. Her next book, 'Spirit Bear,' is due for release in the Summer of 2013. Jennifer offers two different school presentations for her 'Moose in a Maple Tree' collection, an illustration demonstration and a Christmas concert series, which can be booked at www.amooseinamapletree.com. She will be taking bookings for school readings of 'Spirit Bear' beginning in October 2013.

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