Community Gardening

Woman watering plants at a community garden (Copyright IStock).
Community gardens are plots of land, usually in urban areas, that are rented by individuals or groups for private gardens or are for the benefit of the people caring for the garden. Dig into these resources to learn about healthy, local food.

University of Missouri. Extension Service.

A guide to planning, starting and sustaining a community gardening project. Identifies
questions to ask and things to consider when getting started.

USDA. NRCS. Rose Lake Plant Materials Center.

Discusses garden shape, size, preparation, and row orientation, and includes a chart listing vegetables, estimated pounds needed per person, row length to plant per person, yield per foot of row, and preservation data.

American Community Gardening Association.

Fact sheets, contacts, links, reports and a discussion group that assist in starting, finding and researching community gardens. See Resources for Tools and Community Garden Start-Up Guides. 

University of California. Cooperative Extension Service. Los Angeles County.

Guide to help neighborhood groups and organizations along the path to starting and sustaining a community garden.

Soil Science Society of America.

This guide to community gardens covers organizing a garden, location and landowner considerations in site selection, garden design, decisions related to building the garden, and soil amendments.