Potential strategies

July 26, 2023
JessicaMaanya GovilAdeesh A RathodAlessandro
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Potential Strategies for Successful Community Gardens in Cold and Warm Climates:

  1. Location Selection: In colder climates, choose sites with maximum sunlight exposure and consider windbreaks. In warmer climates, provide shaded areas and consider water-efficient irrigation systems.
  2. Seasonal Crop Planning: Tailor planting schedules to suit the specific climate, ensuring productive growth throughout the year.
  3. Greenhouse or Hoop Houses: In cold climates, using greenhouses or hoop houses can extend the growing season and protect plants from frost.
  4. Composting: Implementing composting systems in both cold and warm climates can enrich the soil and reduce waste.
  5. Rainwater Harvesting: Install rainwater harvesting systems to ensure a sustainable water supply for the garden.

Making Community Gardens Family and Community Centric:

  1. Family Gardening Plots: Designate specific plots for families to cultivate together, fostering a sense of togetherness and promoting intergenerational learning.
  2. Children's Education Programs: Offer educational programs for children, teaching them about gardening, food sources, and environmental stewardship.
  3. Social Events: Organize regular community events, such as potlucks or workshops, to bring people together and create a strong sense of community.
  4. Volunteer Opportunities: Encourage community involvement through volunteer opportunities, making it easy for people to contribute their time and skills.
  5. Community Partnerships: Collaborate with local schools, businesses, and organizations to engage a broader network of community members in garden-related activities.

Things we want in the community gardens

Combined list

  • Fencing for garden to prevent theft
  • Kitchen/Cooking Classes
  • Tool Shed
  • Kid’s Workshops
    • With Tables
  • Greenhouse
  • Vegetable Garden
  • Compost Center
  • Adult Workshops
  • Elevated Beds
  • Worm Farms/Beekeeping
  • Berry Picking
  • Flowers
    • Surrounding crops to prevent disease
  • Market
  • Water Collection
  • Solar Energy System

  • Fencing
  • Tables
  • Kitchen center
  • Greenhouse
  • Rainwater collection
  • Beekeeping
  • Berry picking
  • Flower wall
  • Vegetable Garden
  • Tool Shed
  • Kid’s workshop
  • Play area
  • Small trail
  • Compost center
  • Information desk
  • Indoor garden
  • Adult workshop - cooking class online using produce from garden, kimchi workshop
  • Small field for picnics
  • Cameras and lighting
  • Irrigation system
  • Donation box
  • Little outdoor office workspace
  • Food distribution center
  • Art center
  • Wine tasting
  • Teaching center
  • Dog park
  • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SpUjLcoNWOlao25d1FXK1z21Sk_yyRCRose-7Ajvbx4/edit?usp=sharing
  • Flower wall for insta
  • Multiple rooms for workshops (also desks in farm to have outdoor areas)
  • Path for tours (with edible aspects to it for entertainment)
  • Adult volunteering program for farming
  • Community program for composting
  • Kids volunteering/education for small gardens
  • Kids activities (Daycare)
  • Market for crops
  • Cooking classes featuring ingredients grown in garden (needs kitchen)
    • Could be online? One day pick up all the crops from garden and then do it in your own home on zoom?
  • Area for pets?
  • Hammocks/sitting area outside
  • Indoor greenhouse + outdoor farm
  • Art classes (flowers)
  • Beekeeping
  • Solar energy
  • Water collection
  • Kid classes on sustainability (pesticides)
  • Large space structure
  • Food, beverages bar
  • Sustainability workshops centers
  • Outdoor - Indoor Structure
  • Agronomists and Oenologists who explain the agriculture process
  • Facebook service for people who do not come to the activities
  • Company center near the community garden
  • Indoor places where you can try the product
  • Marketing -
    • Signs on streets outside - big banners to advertise community garden
  • Volunteer reward initiatives
    • Articles written about super active volunteers, local government rewards
  • Little Critters workshops - teaching kids how to recycle, compost, water plants
  • Big critters workshops/activities - DIY bouquets from grown flowers - charge?
  • Workshop 1: Waste-free food lunches
  • Workshop 2: Sustainability tips to save money
  • Workshop 3: Sustainable fashion consumption Part 1: Crochet your own top!
  • Workshop 4: Sustainable fashion consumption Part 2: DIY jewellery
  • Workshop 4: Composting 101
    • Worm farms
  • Workshop 5: Vegan cooking class
  • Fruits and vegetables for community gardens - strawberries, kale, radishes, snow peas, blueberries
  • Elevated beds