Because so many things are easier said than done, Connie has also gone to the trouble of collecting and categorizing resources for anyone looking to establish their own community garden.
Basics of Developing a Community Garden
Who to Involve and How to Gain Support
"Grants are a common, effective means of getting a garden project off the ground, so to speak, but a sustainable garden project will eventually draw support from its roots. Resources within the community are the nutrients that will sustain a community-based garden project. To turn up and tap into them, the garden must cultivate community partnerships. Reach out to neighborhood groups, organizations, private businesses, schools, and spiritual or religious foundations of the community to determine their interest in participation."
From the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension's Food and Ecosystem Educational Demonstrations Sites (FEEDS) information on starting a community garden
Benefits of a Community Garden
How to Fund a Community Garden
Sustaining a Community Garden
"Generally, when assessing the suitability of the site, the parties should consider the site history, how the site will be used and by whom (particularly children), and the results of soil testing. Mitigation measures may include soil removal, barriers, raised beds, or soil amendments."
From "Ground Rules: A Legal Toolkit for Community Gardens," created by the National Policy and Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity (NPLAN), a project of Public Health Law and Policy (PHLP)