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