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.

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.

United States Department of Agriculture.

"The People’s Garden works across USDA and with partners to start and sustain school gardens, community gardens, urban farms, and small-scale agriculture projects in rural and urban areas with the mission of growing healthy food, people and communities." Find experts, gardening tips, videos, publications, funding and more.

  • Search for seeds, tools or funding for garden projects

USDA. National Agricultural Library.

Searches for articles on community gardening in the NAL Article Citation database (AGRICOLA).

USDA. National Agricultural Library.

Searches for books on community gardening in the NAL Catalog (AGRICOLA) .

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.

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.

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.

Clemson University.  Cooperative Extension Service.

A step-by-step guide to planning, planting and maintaining a community gardening.