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Guides for Community Gardens in North Carolina

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

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.

Community Fresh: Fostering resilience, excellence, and successful harvests.
A Community Garden Start-up Guide 

by M. Alyssa McKim, NC A&T University

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Eat Smart Move More North Carolina: Growing Communities through Gardens
By 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. It 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.

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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

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

Ground Rules: a legal toolkit for community gardens

Created by the National Policy and Legal Analysis Network and Change Lab Solutions, this toolkit contains templates for Community Garden Leases, Community Gardener’s Agreements, Community Garden Rules, a checklist for discussions about starting a garden, and guidance on orientating new gardeners.