Community Gardening

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Today, more and more people are thinking green—and there’s no urban activity greener, in every sense of the word, than community gardening. This all-region guide, filled with hands-on tips, offers a snapshot of today’s vibrant North American community gardening movement. Whether you are already a member of a community garden, want to get involved in one, or are just curious, this guide will inform and inspire you. Models include vegetable gardens, aesthetic and art gardens, children’s and youth gardens, and ...
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Overview

Today, more and more people are thinking green—and there’s no urban activity greener, in every sense of the word, than community gardening. This all-region guide, filled with hands-on tips, offers a snapshot of today’s vibrant North American community gardening movement. Whether you are already a member of a community garden, want to get involved in one, or are just curious, this guide will inform and inspire you. Models include vegetable gardens, aesthetic and art gardens, children’s and youth gardens, and several others. Using real-life case studies from around North America, the expert contributors show how community gardening produces safe, eco-friendly food; brings neighbors together; offers valuable lessons for children; and gives each participant the personal satisfaction that comes with cultivating the land and making things grow. Like all Brooklyn Botanic Garden handbooks, this entry features sustainable and organic gardening practices.
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As food prices climb, Americans have shown renewed interest in vegetable gardening, but urban residents may not have space to grow their own food at home. Community gardens are a time-honored solution to this problem, and they can serve many other purposes, too. Peters, Brooklyn Botanic Garden's director of publications, and horticultural therapist Kirby provide readers with something like a wildlife field guide that illustrates garden types rather than bird or flower species. With ten readable essays by community gardening experts and enthusiasts, the book takes a broad view of what constitutes a community garden. Chapters devoted to food gardens, youth gardens, therapeutic horticulture, gardens welcoming new immigrants, pocket parks, and habitat gardens introduce readers to the characteristics of each garden type, discuss its benefits, and offer tips for garden organizers. Other sections cover soil health, inclusive garden planning, sustainable community organizing, and environmental concerns. Rich with examples and illustrations from real gardens, highlighting the experience of gardeners of many different stripes, this book is invaluable for public libraries, horticultural collections, and high school libraries.
—Emily-Jane Dawson

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Meet the Author

Editors:

Elizabeth Peters is the director of publications at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. She is the former editor of The Independent Film & Video Monthly and has written about grassroots organizing and community building. Peters also served as director of Tuscarora Organic Growers, a rural collective of family farms based in Hustontown, Pennsylvania.

Ellen Kirby is the former director of Brooklyn Greenbridge, the community environmental-horticulture program of Brooklyn Botanic Garden. For more than 20 years Kirby has served as the coordinator of a community garden in Brooklyn. She is also a member of the American Association of Horticulture Therapy and a former president of the American Community Gardening Association.

The book’s authors are drawn from leading practitioners of community gardening across the U.S.

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Table of Contents


About This Book     4
Seeing Green   Ellen Kirby     6
Benefits of Community Gardening     11
Making the Case     15
Food Gardens   Kat Shiffler   Lara Sheets   Liz Tylander     18
City Slicker Farms, West Oakland, California     20
Community Crops, Lincoln, Nebraska     22
East New York Farms!, Brooklyn, New York     24
Edible Schoolyard, Berkeley, California     26
Gardeners in Community Development, Dallas, Texas     28
Growing Power, Chicago, Illinois and Milwaukee, Wisconsin     30
Intervale Center, Burlington, Vermont     32
Nuestras Raices, Holyoke, Massachusetts     34
Youth Garden Programs   Patsy Benveniste   Eliza Fournier   Lynne Haynor   Angela Mason     36
The Food Project   Cody Urban     44
Therapeutic Horticulture   Susan Fields     48
Horticulture Therapy in Community Gardens     56
Growing New Americans   Aaron Reser     58
Pocket Parks and Small Community Gardens   Daniel Winterbottom     64
Starting Out     70
Habitat Communities   Pat Sutton   Clay Sutton     74
Learning from Plants and Wildlife   Marilyn Smith     78
Making Gardens Sustainable   Lenny Librizzi     82
Site Protection     85
Rainwater Harvesting     88
Soil Health and Safety   Ulrich Lorimer     94
The Magic of Compost     97
Bringing Community Into the Garden   Robin Simmen     100
Access, Fences, and Beyond     104
Tips for Political Action     107
Resources     110
Contributors     112
Index     116
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