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How to start a community garden on your faith-based land…. Challenges. Cost- both time and money Sustained enthusiasm Clear vision Management Accessibility to gardeners Volunteer coordination. Step 1. Establish a garden committee Find a coordinator Subcommittees might include

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Welcome emoregon

How to start a community garden

on your faith-based land…


Challenges

Challenges

  • Cost- both time and money

  • Sustained enthusiasm

  • Clear vision

  • Management

  • Accessibility to gardeners

  • Volunteer coordination


Step 1

Step 1

  • Establish a garden committee

  • Find a coordinator

    • Subcommittees might include

      • Fundraising

      • Design

      • Maintenance

      • Outreach


Step 2 mission or vision

Step 2 Mission or Vision

Possibilities might include:

Community garden

Senior citizens

Farm for the poor

Low income garden

Establish income levels

Educational

Demo

Community use


Funding sample fees

Funding sample fees

low income scholarship=$30

standard plot fee=$60

half-plot fee=$30

annual plot fee=$30

ADA bed fee=$30

winter standard plot fee=$30

winter half-plot fee=$15

deposit=$20


Yearly budget dunawi creek community garden sample

  • 610

Yearly budget Dunawi Creek Community Garden sample

  • Expenses

  • coordinator stipend3000

  • water (600 WCG)

  • mowing0

  • hoses (&repair kits), tools, string, stakes100

  • soil test 50

  • tractor work 120

  • tiller rental200

  • amendments160

  • plant starts, seeds0

  • garbage50

  • cover crop seed

  • clay, nematodes, etc. 100

  • office supplies, ink, paper,

  • envelopes, mailing labels70

  • postage84

  • printing20

  • mileage reimbursement50

  • deposit returns2120

  • total6124

  • administration costs 10%610

Income

plot fees4400

deposits2120

donations

grants

total6520


Application sample

Westside Community Garden

2009plot #_____paid______

Name_____________________________Date_______________

Address______________________________________________

City___________________Zip_______Phone_______________

Email________________________________________________

As you may know, our garden is targeting individuals who may have limited incomes. We will not use this information to exclude you, but we need to get an idea of how many gardeners have limited incomes. Is your income, before taxes, at or below the income listed?

□Yes, it is AT or BELOW the income listed.

□No, it is ABOVE the income listed.

Application sample

Can our program evaluator contact you? □Yes □No

This information will be confidential.


Sample rules guidelines

Sample rules/guidelines

COMMUNITY GARDEN RULES 2006

Westside Community Church has provided us with a beautiful gardening area along with irrigation and water at no cost and asks for our help by following these simple rules.

THIS IS A COMMUNITY GARDEN, so please be thoughtful! Cooperation with all gardeners and a general

respect for others’ space is appreciated. Please read each of these rules carefully as you will be asked to sign an

agreement and to abide by them.

*No animals allowed

*No weeds going to seed

*Stay within your boundaries of your plot, as established by the Garden Coordinator at the beginning of the season

*Don’t shade or water anyone else’s area

*Keep your space neat and clean and remove trash from site

*Turn off the water and put hoses back when finished

*Share your gardening toys, wisdom, seeds, extras, etc.

*Compost bins are for compost only

*400 square foot maximum plot per household

*Park on the adjacent parking lot

*The gravel road should be used to load and unload only (5 minutes max)

.*This is not a market garden: You may not sell anything you grow at Westside Community Garden.

THIS IS AN ORGANIC GARDEN:

If you have any questions about what is considered organic call the Benton County OSU Extension Master

Gardeners Program at 766-6750. It is your responsibility to find out what is organic and what isn’t.

*No treated lumber

*No chemical slug bait

*Organic fertilizer and organic pest control only

*Grow sustainably: Mulch to conserve soil moisture

FAILURE TO ABIDE BY THESE RULES WILL RESULT IN REVOCATION OF YOUR SPACE WITHOUT

NOTICE OR REFUND

Westside Community Church and all project volunteers shall be held free from any liability for any personal injuries or damage to property resulting from your participation in the Westside Community Garden.


Welcome emoregon

Roles of Coordinator(all these jobs need to be done either by coordinator or coordinate volunteers to do them)

yearly soil samples & pH tests

post extra produce drop sites

communication w/ gardeners

communication w/ church

hosting garden tours

update info & guidelines

spring letters to gardeners

garden sign-up

inc. measuring & staking

update map

coordinate amendments drop-off

spring work party

garbage & recycling

plant cover crop

clean-up unused or abandoned sites

maintain compost piles

mow or weed wack edges

update bulletin board

purchase new hoses, tools, etc.

repair old hoses

maintain common areas

winter garden sign-up

return deposits

rototiller rental

fall clean-up work party


Insurance

Insurance

Standard Business Policy

(for churches or non profits) cost $13/yr

General liability 2,000,000/limit 1,000,000/occurrence

  • Bodily damage

  • Property damage

    This would cover all gardeners and visitors

  • make sure volunteers are covered

    • medical $5000/person/yr

  • name location if off site

    Workers Comp Policy- for employees


Welcome emoregon

Liability Issues -hold harmless agreement

Dunawi Creek Community Garden

POWER EQUIPMENT USE AGREEMENT

Dunawi Creek Community Garden, Corvallis Environmental Center and The City of Corvallis shall be held free of any liability for any personal injury or damage to property resulting while operating any power equipment at Dunawi Creek Community Garden.

Any damage to the power equipment and/or other property resulting from use of the power equipment is a responsibility of the signed user.

The user is responsible to return the power equipment in the same condition as when they received it. It is the user’s responsibility to clean the power equipment of any mud, dirt, string, twine or any other debris when they are finished using.

I agree to the above conditions and terms

Signed_____________________________

Date________________________


Hold harmless agreement

hold harmless agreement

Westside Community Church and all project volunteers shall be held free from any liability for any personal injuries or damage to property resulting from your participation in the Westside Community Garden.


Garden church agreement

Garden/Church Agreement


The site

the site

Sunny location

Minimum of 6 hours/day

Access to water

Size requirement

Slope

Access

Quality of soil-do soil test (how to EC626)

Contamination-heavy metals


Soil test labs

Soil Test Labs

Labs in Oregon (EM 8677)

AgriCheck-Umitilla

Approximately $50

  • pH Testing-

  • 6-6.5 veggies(EC1503)

    • Check w/ local Extension office Master Gardeners


Soil sample

Soil sample


The design the vision of the garden is implemented through the design

The Designthe vision of the garden is implemented through the design

  • Measurements

    • Use maps

  • Layout

    • w/irrigation

    • Paths; shed; berry patch; orchard; bench, chairs, picnic table w/shade; native garden; herb garden; bird boxes; ADA beds

  • Plot plan

    • Determine size


Measuring the space find a map

Measuring the space, find a map


Layout

Layout


Plot plan

Plot plan

Decide what size plots you will have and how wide paths will be before you put in irrigation. Use layout to come up with a plan for laying pipe.


Irrigation plan

Irrigation plan

Water meter


Get started start site prep

GET STARTED Start site prep

  • Remove obstructions & debris

  • Fence ? w/gate

  • Permits plumbing not potable water ($28)

  • Layout w/plot plan

  • Plow & till

  • Irrigation

    • Trenching

    • Pipe, fittings

    • Risers on posts w/spigots

    • Signs

  • Amend soil after soil test results (EC 628)

    • Add Lime 6-6.5 pH

    • Manure, compost, leaves

      • See Organic Matter (EC 1561)

  • Measure & stake

  • Paths-wood chips or straw

  • Cover crop (FS 304E)(EM 8803-E)

  • Compost areas (EB 1784)


Irrigation see toro planning and installation guide from sprinklerswarehouse com

Irrigation- see ‘Toro Planning and Installation Guide’ from sprinklerswarehouse.com


Soil results amend soil

Soil results-amend soil


Participation

Participation

  • Gardeners

  • Volunteers

  • Community


Communication outreach

Communication/Outreach

With-in garden

Blog

Newsletter

Bulletin board

Website

Email

Phone

In person

Outside Garden

Brochures

Newspaper

Coop newsletter

Signs, banners

Posters

Host garden tours

Church bulletins


Volunteering

volunteering

Phone calls, emails, mailings

Coordinating bark chip, manure,

leaf deliveries

Teaching gardening classes

Hosting garden tours

Collecting produce for food banks, etc.

Planting, mowing, maintaining, and cleaning community areas

Repairing and cleaning tools and equipment

Helping on a committee

Turning compost

Making signs

Picking up trash in community garden areas

Maintaining paths

Newsletter

Website design

Mentoring

Obtaining donations


Outside volunteers

outside volunteers

  • Schools

  • Other churches, or faith based organizations

    • Youth groups

  • Kid clubs

  • Service groups

  • Community service

  • Organizations

  • Park & Rec

  • Businesses


Establish a budget

establish a budget

Initial expenses

irrigation

pipe, fittings, trenching, posts, spigots, signs, permit

soil test

shed

plowing and tilling

amending soil

lime

compost, manure, leaves

equipment

hoses

tools

shovels, rakes, hoe, garden fork, pitch fork

string

stakes

100 foot tape measure

straw or wood chips

sign


Sample budget to get started

Sample budget to get started

Irrigation

pipe, fittings, trenching, posts, spigots, signs, permit600

Drinking water

Soil test 46

Shed on concrete pad, materials, door, paint, caulk, lock, hardware, gravel, roof 2600

ADA beds w/ paths

Plowing and tilling300

Amending soil

lime, fertilizer200

compost, manure, leaves

Equipment

hoses120

tools

shovels, rakes, hoe, garden fork, pitch fork, wheelbarrows ,garbage cans 250

Stakes, string 75

100 foot tape measure 50

Paths- straw or wood chips100

Signs

banner180

wood w/ bulletin board 950

Bike rack

Fence

Port-a potty @$45/ month

Mileage300

Access road w/ gate

Office supplies100

Postage 42

total $6000


Tool shed material list

Tool Shed Material List

MaterialQty

4x6x8’ PT 2

2x6x14’ (roof joists)2

2x6x12’ (floor joists)5

2x6x8’ (rim joists)2

5/8 T&G sub floor (tongue and groove)3

2x4x14 (top plates)2

2x4x12 (top plates) 4

2x4x8 (top plates)2

2x4x10 (top plates)4

2x4x8(studs east/west)9

2x4x12 (studs east/west)5

2x4x8 (studs north/south)12

T-111 sheets9

10’ panels for roofing (metal)14

Total :


Getting funds

Getting funds

Individual sponsorship

Local businesses

Grants

GENE, Neighborhood Empowerment Grant, ,Benton County Foundation, Evening Garden

Club, OSU Thrift Store

Local plant nurseries, garden clubs, plant sales, etc.


Dealing with problems

dealing with problems

Vandalism

Abandonment

Rules

Bilingual issues

Trees

Organic

Garbage

Neighbors

Compost(EB1784)

Pests

Gophers (EC1255)

Deer (EC1579)

Insects

Slugs

Cucumber beetles

Plant diseases

Tomatoes

Powdery mildew

Wilt


Garden education

Garden education

  • Gardening 101

  • Composting

  • Mentoring

  • Drip irrigation

  • Community building activities

    • Salsa class

    • Cider making


Celebrations fun

Celebrations fun

  • Welcome

  • Thank you

  • Music

  • Sharing food

  • Harvest Party

  • Cider Making Party

  • Ethnic Food


Resources

resources

Food for Lane County

Neighbor to Neighbor, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Corvallis

American Community Gardening Association

Corvallis Environmental Center

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon

Oregon State University Extension

Benton County Master Gardeners

Sprinklers Warehouse

Territorial Seed Company

Organic Materials Review Institute

Groundwork USA

American Horticulture Therapy Association


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