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BurlingtonGreen wants communities throughout the city to establish successful food gardens.  The Go Local Food Website offers resources to assist in locating and starting community gardens. Below you'll find tips and techniques to guide you along the way!


Tips to Create a New Community Garden...

             Burlington (and elsewhere)

  • dad and childCreate a leadership team and generate support.
  • Creating a new garden on public land near you
  • Creating a new garden on private land
  • Document templates and tips to operate a garden
  • Example construction and material costs, annual operating costs and revenues

Create a leadership team and generate support. The more people involved the better, however a committed leadership group of 4-6 can generate a good vision, implementation plan, and delegate tasks.

The first brainstorming session should establish:

  • Purpose or Mission:  This is a very broad concept of why your garden or gardening organization exists, and can help keep everyone on track. For example, "To bring building residents together by growing fresh food," or “ To create a friendly community to engage isolated seniors.”
  • Goals:  These are statements describing what your group hopes to accomplish in order to bring it closer to its overall mission. Goals could include: "increased access to fresh produce, increased environmental awareness, and stronger community networks."
  • Objectives:  These are clear tasks that are meant to bring you closer to your goals. These should be short, have deadlines, and be specific to your goals.
  • Establish a good communication system where everyone’s voice is heard and respected.
  • Develop an agreeable basic vision (i.e. one common plot or several individual plots, some raised accessible beds or children’s plots).
  • Create a 1-page description of your project for multiple uses such as to get supporting signatures from the local community, present to the land owner, neighbours, city officials, media and potential fund-raisers.

    Keep it brief and include:
    • Definition of community gardening, aims and purposes, example photos or site design
    • Your garden’s mission statement
    • Names of garden members
    • What will be grown
    • Year round maintenance plan
    • Background of the sponsoring agency or group
    • Name, address and phone numbers for at least two contact people
    • Attach letters of support

  • Plan to communicate with your ward councillor, any neighbourhood residents’ association, or any community service agency working in the area. These are important allies to support this healthy community initiative.
  • Consider setting up a group structure, possibly incorporate as a non-profit or charity which can make you eligible to apply for grant funding.

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The Central Park Community Garden contains several features to demonstrate eco-friendly gardening methods. The regulations for the garden aim to have zero impact and enhance the quality of the open green space and biodiversity. 

Find out about:

  • Site Design
  • Water Use & Conservation
  • Waste Management & Composting
  • Plant Material Selection
  • Communication
  • Wildlife & Pest Management
  • Composting
  • Energy

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