According to the American Community Gardening Association (ACGA), there were 20,000 community gardens nationwide in 2010. With the economy still in decline in the US, I would guess this number has grown considerably. If anyone is interested in forming a community garden in their area, the ACGA offers some tips on starting a community garden.
- Form a planning committee to determine the interest level
- Choose a site – taking sunlight, soil quality and water availability into consideration
- Organize the garden by determining, among other things, plot sizes and conditions for membership
- Consider insurance
- Consider a formal leadership structure to make decisions and raise money
Community Garden Survey
Curious to know more about the state of community gardens in North America? The American Community Garden Association and Rutgers University invite you take part in a survey of ACGA members across the U.S. and Canada. We began an online survey in November, and to date, we’ve received survey responses from 186 organizations representing 145 cities. Thank you to all who filled out the survey. And to those who haven’t: there is still time!
Click on this link to see an interactive map of the information we’ve collected to date.
We’ve developed a shorter survey to encourage as many responses as possible. This survey will be open from December 15 until February 15, 2012. Please follow this link to complete the survey, (password: acga). Thank you for your time and input!