Breaking Urban Ground for Community Gardens
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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