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Toolkits & Planning Guides

Guides for Community Gardens in North Carolina

Collard Greens and Common Ground: A North Carolina Community Food Gardening Handbook
By Don Boekelheide & Lucy BradleyCollard Greens and Common Ground cover

This award-winning, 74-page handbook is an ideal reference for all community gardens, whether just starting or well seasoned. It is available for free online, as a free PDF, or to purchase as a hard copy. Helpful questions, checklists, photos, and examples are organized into short and practical sections.

Eat Smart Move More North Carolina: Growing Communities through Gardens
Eat Smart Move More North Carolina coverBy Keith Baldwin, Diane Beth, Lucy Bradley, Nilam Davé, Susan Jakes, Melissa Nelson

This 12-page planning and resource guide is written 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.

How to Organize a Community Garden
By Lucy Bradley, with contributions from Keith Baldwin, Don Boekelheide, Karen Neill, Liz Driscoll, Julie Sherk, Brantley Snipes, Amy Hill, Viki Balkcum, and Karl Larson

How to Organize a Community Garden cover

This 16-page toolkit is a great resource for getting started, with pictures from community gardens throughout North Carolina. It covers potential problems in a community garden and recommended solutions. Appendices include:

  • Garden design: sample layout for a plot garden
  • Bylaws: suggestions for what to include
  • Gardener Application: sample application for a garden plot
  • Gardener Memorandum of Understanding: minimize conflict by spelling out the expectations in writing and having each gardener sign the document
  • Budget Worksheet – a suggested list of items you may want to include in your budget