first thing I'd do is contact the great community garden folks down in Portland.
Not only do they know how to play community garden, they know how to do it in
Another thing that you may want to do is to go to
the "starting a community garden" pages on the American Community Gardening
website: http://www.communitygarden.org .
There's a wealth of information there on the different ways folks organize
volunteer with a community garden on a third of an acre in Midtown Manhattan. If
you think that experience might be relevant to what you're trying to do, just
click on the link beneath my name.
Volunteer, Clinton Community Garden
I am president of a small nonprofit in Corvallis,
OR, that intends to start a community garden in the front yard of a duplex
owned by the nonprofit in a low-income neighborhood. We want our property to
be a community resource, and a means of connecting with our neighbors. The
garden area is fenced, has water, and I've already put in raised beds. I'm
looking for advice from anyone who might be working on an equally small scale
(5 beds x 24-feet long). What insurance options do we have? Should we charge
dues? Are bylaws necessary? Thanks.