STARTING A COMMUNITY GARDEN: You can do it, get a team together


There are many ways to start a community garden. Whether you’re working with friends, neighbors, or a local organization, there are many things you’ll want to consider before you ever dig the first hole. This fact sheet is designed to give many different groups the basic information they need to get their gardening project off the ground. These lists are in no way meant to be complete. Each main idea will probably trigger more questions, so an assortment of ways to carry out that idea are presented; pick and choose those that seem to apply to your own situation. Also check out their LINKS, TOOLS, RESOURCES and STORE pages to find more helpful articles and resources. Also visit the RebelTomato website for tools for planning a community garden and enjoying the harvests. Click here to download a PDF version of the publication.

  • Form a Planning Committee
  • Choose a Site
  • Prepare and Develop the Site
  • Organize the Garden
  • Insurance
  • Setting up a New Gardening Organization
  • Organizational Considerations | Bylaws
  • How to Manage Your Community Garden
  • Sample Guidelines and Rules | Application Form
  • Troubleshooting
  • Children’s Plots | People Problems and Solutions
  • Resources
  • Horticultural information | Seeds | Bedding plants


Any piece of land gardened by a group of people.

We at the ACGA have a broad definition of what a community garden entails. It can be urban, suburban, or rural. It can grow flowers, vegetables or community. It can be one community plot, or can be many individual plots. It can be at a school, hospital, or in a neighborhood. It can also be a series of plots dedicated to “urban agriculture” where the produce is grown for a market.

Benefits of Community Gardens:

  • Improves the quality of life for people in the garden
  • Provides a catalyst for neighborhood and community development
  • Stimulates Social Interaction
  • Encourages Self-Reliance
  • Beautifies Neighborhoods
  • Produces Nutritious Food
  • Reduces Family Food Budgets
  • Conserves Resources
  • Creates opportunity for recreation, exercise, therapy, and education
  • Reduces Crime
  • Preserves Green Space
  • Creates income opportunities and economic development
  • Reduces city heat from streets and parking lots

Provides opportunities for intergenerational and cross-cultural connections.

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