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Start a Garden

“Eat Smart Move More North Carolina:
Growing Communities through Gardens”

Eat Smart Move More North Carolina cover

A planning and resource guide for anyone who is thinking about starting a community garden.

The guide describes a community garden, its benefits, how to find or start a garden and tips for growing, storing, preparing and enjoying fruits and vegetables. In addition it highlights state and national gardening resources.

Whether your “community” setting (work site, faith community, school, etc.) is considering starting a community garden or you are thinking about joining a garden near you, the primer walks you through the options, steps and resources to ensure success.
Low-Resolution Version, PDF (2.88 MB)
Hi-Resolution Version, PDF (9.91 MB)
Reduced ink version for printing, PDF (4.78 MB)

Cover of Community Gardening Publication
How to Organize a Community Garden
Community Gardening Tool Kit with background information, How to start a garden, select a site, organize, trouble shoot potential problems. Includes model design, by-laws, application, memorandum of understanding, budget, funding and resources.

Low-Resolution Version, PDF (2.88 MB)

http://go-ncsu.edu/CG-Handbook

http://go-ncsu.edu/CG-Handbook

Collard Greens and Common Ground: A North Carolina Community Food Gardening Handbook by Don Boekelheide & Lucy Bradley

74 pages available on-line or in hard copy

Getting StartedSite SelectionDesignSite PreparationManagement,
Growing FoodFundingTroubleshooting