Essentials for Starting a Community Garden. Montana Office of Rural Health Initiative Montana State University Extension Service. Featured Panelists.
Essentials for Starting a Community Garden Montana Office of Rural Health Initiative Montana State University Extension Service
Featured Panelists Toby Day, Extension Horticulture Specialist, Montana State UniversityAlice Burchak, Shelby Community Gardens, Extension Agent, Toole County Virgil Dupuis, Extension Director, Salish/Kootenai College Kendra Byrom, Growing Community Project Supervisor, Helena Marguerite Jodry, Americorps VISTA Jackson’s Garden, Sheridan.
Jackson’s Garden: Introduction • Sheridan, MT • Population 759 • +13% living below poverty line • Traditional agricultural community • 8.5 acres and all equipment and tools donated in 2010 • Communally maintained vegetable and flower gardens, and small apple orchard • 12 Core Members, many community volunteers
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Who’s in Charge of the Community Garden? • Leader or Group? • Start a Planning committee • Identify Additional Stakeholders • Getting Community Feedback and Support • Hold Informational Meetings • Approach a Sponsor • Publicity and Outreach • Communication
What is the Community Garden’s Purpose? • Individuals Use, Food Bank, Farmer’s Market? • Who does the Food/Flowers go to? • Food Shares • School Lunch Programs • Plant a Row for the Hungry? • Communication/Regular Meetings
Is the Community Garden Organic? • Being Organic and Using Best Organic Practices are Two Different Things… • Certified Organic • Setting Boundaries Before They Become Issues • What kind of Pest Control Options are Acceptable? • Communication/Regular Meetings
Finding the Right Site For Your Garden • City, County, Private? • Evaluate Your Land • Test the Soil • Choose the Site • Communicate with the Landowner • Lease Agreements and Use Agreements • Donated vs. Public Land • Insurance • Underground Power/Water/Gas?
Water Availability • Fee or Free? • Where is the Source? • Is the Water Source Reliable? • Cost • Have the Water Tested
What about Parking, Maintenance and Security? • Lighting, Garden Hours, Critters, Theft… • Fencing – it costs more than you think • Lighting • Hours of Operation • Parking • Handicap Accessible • Gates/Locks/Codes • Communication/Regular Meetings
Tools/Machinery/Services • Will They be Purchased or Donated and How Will They be Maintained? • Storage and Security • Loan Programs • Keeping Tools in Good Working Order • Communication/Regular Meetings
Staffing the Community Garden • How to Manage the Garden • Garden Guidelines • Education • Vandalism • Scheduling • Written and Signed Guidelines • Retaining Volunteers • Communication/Regular Meetings
Funding the Garden • Donations • Membership/Dues • Grants • Identify Additional Stakeholders • Getting Community Feedback and Support • Hold Informational Meetings • Approach a Sponsor • Publicity and Outreach
Thanks for Participating Contacts Information: Toby Day (406) 994-6523 firstname.lastname@example.org Virgil Dupuis (406) 275-4899 email@example.com Alice Burchak (406) 424-8350 firstname.lastname@example.org Marguerite Jodry (406) 596-0492 email@example.com Kendra Byrom (406) 495-0497 firstname.lastname@example.org