Organize Your Leadership Team
We’ve already said it and we’ll say it again: don’t go it alone! The following tips will help you think about who to involve, how to involve them, and how you’re going to work together.
- Building Your Garden Leadership Team
- Leadership: 21 Tips, from “Community Garden Management Toolkit,” Springfield Food Policy Council, MA
- Making the Most of Meetings, from “Community Garden Management Toolkit,” Springfield Food Policy Council, MA
Support Your Gardeners
As a garden leader, you know better than anybody that community and school gardens are as much about garden community as they are about gardens. Here-in lies your role as an organizer–how do you organize the people in your garden? Developing resources such as agreed-upon guidelines and a gardener handbook goes a long way in to promote buy-in and keep people informed.
- Community Garden Guidelines Tips
- Sample Neighborhood Gardening Handbook, from Grow Team ONE, Burlington, VT, 2010
Develop Your Garden Organization
Whatever it’s size, your garden group will likely have organizational needs such as handling funds, use of land, and working agreements.
- Four Stages & Four Challenges: Organizational Development, Institute for Conservation Leadership
- Handling Money, Partnerships for Parks Technical Assistance Program
- Sample Land Use Agreement, American Community Gardening Association
- Sample Community Garden Lease, Archibald Neighborhood Garden, Burlington, VT, 2007
- Sample Garden Plot Registration, American Community Gardening Association
- Sample Harrington Village Resident Survey, Champlain Housing Trust, Shelburne, VT
For more resources and tips on starting a garden and leading its development, return to Organizing in the Garden.