National and Local Community Gardening Resources

The following resources provide a national and local look at the community gardening movement including current events, classes, workshops, planning assistance, and potential funding ideas:

American Community Gardening Asscociation (ACGA)

Columbus, Ohio. A bi-national nonprofit membership organization of professionals, volunteers and supporters of community greening in urban and rural communities.

Gardening Matters

Minneapolis, MN. A local non-profit, Gardening Matters provides training and resources to support community gardeners in achieving community gardens that are successful and sustainable.

Planning Assistance

The following links provide planning materials including worksheets and templates to guide you through a 5-step planning and design process with great sections on site analysis:

Gardening Matters: “Twin Cities Community Garden Start-up Guide.” The Community Garden Start-Up Guide provides step-by-step instructions with worksheets to help groups get started in developing a successful community garden.


City of Sydney

“Getting Started in Community Gardening”

Good Reads As You Move through the Design Process

The following books are less planning guides, but instead tell the stories through a multilayered exploration of community gardening in our urban environment:

  • Seedfolks, by Paul Fleischman, Joanna Cotler Books, 1997.
  • Greening the City Streets: The Story of Community Gardens, by Barbara A. Huff, Clarion Books, 1990.

Mapping Assistance

Hennepin County Property Tax Website

Downtown Community Garden Blog

Includes planning steps and how-to information.

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