For those who do not have lawn space, good soil, or do not have a lawn at all, community gardens are a viable alternative to at-home gardening. Although community gardening is not new, urban areas have recently found benefit of locally producing food for environmental, financial, and health reasons.
Community gardens are locally organized groups with a self-governance. You can search for community gardens in your area by searching the web. If there is not a garden near to you, the American Community Gardening Association suggests the following steps to start a community garden:
- Organize a meeting of interested people.
- Form a planning committee.
- Identify all your resources.
- Approach a sponsor.
- Choose a site.
- Prepare and develop the site.
- Organize the garden.
- Plan for children.
- Determine rules and put them in writing.
- Help members keep in touch with each other.
You can find more information and tips about community gardening at the American Community Gardening Association (ACGA) website at http://communitygarden.org.
Tony Filippini, former Smith County Master Gardener
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service