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 • Fundraising • Design • Maintenance • Outreach
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 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
610 Yearly budget Dunawi Creek Community Garden sample • Expenses • coordinator stipend 3000 • water (600 WCG) • mowing 0 • hoses (&repair kits), tools, string, stakes 100 • soil test 50 • tractor work 120 • tiller rental 200 • amendments 160 • plant starts, seeds 0 • garbage 50 • cover crop seed • clay, nematodes, etc. 100 • office supplies, ink, paper, • envelopes, mailing labels 70 • postage 84 • printing 20 • mileage reimbursement 50 • deposit returns 2120 • total 6124 • administration costs 10% 610 Income plot fees 4400 deposits 2120 donations grants total 6520
Westside Community Garden 2009 plot #_____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 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.
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 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
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 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.
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 Labs in Oregon (EM 8677) AgriCheck-Umitilla Approximately $50 • pH Testing- • 6-6.5 veggies(EC1503) • Check w/ local Extension office Master Gardeners
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
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 Water meter
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
Participation • Gardeners • Volunteers • Community
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 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 • Schools • Other churches, or faith based organizations • Youth groups • Kid clubs • Service groups • Community service • Organizations • Park & Rec • Businesses
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 Irrigation pipe, fittings, trenching, posts, spigots, signs, permit 600 Drinking water Soil test 46 Shed on concrete pad, materials, door, paint, caulk, lock, hardware, gravel, roof 2600 ADA beds w/ paths Plowing and tilling 300 Amending soil lime, fertilizer 200 compost, manure, leaves Equipment hoses 120 tools shovels, rakes, hoe, garden fork, pitch fork, wheelbarrows ,garbage cans 250 Stakes, string 75 100 foot tape measure 50 Paths- straw or wood chips 100 Signs banner 180 wood w/ bulletin board 950 Bike rack Fence Port-a potty @$45/ month Mileage 300 Access road w/ gate Office supplies 100 Postage 42 total $6000
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 sheets 9 10’ panels for roofing (metal) 14 Total :
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 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 • Gardening 101 • Composting • Mentoring • Drip irrigation • Community building activities • Salsa class • Cider making
Celebrations fun • Welcome • Thank you • Music • Sharing food • Harvest Party • Cider Making Party • Ethnic Food
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