What's the scoop on ambitious community garden projects? I've been thinking about how one could establish a community garden without dedicated land in a neighborhood by crowdfunding small gardens for everyone that have to donate part of the food produced to the community at large, homeless folks etc. "we'll set up a garden for you, but you have to give 50% of the produce to the project" tenants and people with limited space could put pots on the edges of pavement space, etc

Like if we're talking about a rapid transition to local food being vital, this seems like a very useful tactic

@maymeadowlark Interesting idea! You could pair that with a seed library, tool share, community composting, etc. to distribute as much of the load as possible

Have you heard of Food Not Lawns?

@socalledunitedstates @maymeadowlark Food Not Lawns is a really great project, but I mostly hear about it in context of it butting against city codes or HOA rules. I wonder if there's a way to start local seed libraries and make sure that materials stayed organized?

@jinxedlucky @maymeadowlark If we're talking about neighborhood-scale, it could just be someone with a little extra space in their groj

@jinxedlucky @socalledunitedstates that's why i'm so interested in minigardens specifically, because spreading out the "land" so to speak seems like an effective tactic for bypassing fussy neighborhood associations, landlords, city codes, etc.

@socalledunitedstates no but looking it up it seems rather close to what i'm looking for, thanks! I wonder what tactics they use, and if they are effective at encouraging people not totally invested in the cause to participate, which I think is probably essential for rapid growth

@maymeadowlark closest thing I know of, aside from Food not Lawns, is this - - the hardest part is actually getting people to do the labor, even in a traditional community garden.

@planty getting manpower is always gonna a pain in the butt, isn't it, haha. I think assigning harder crops to more experienced folks, emphasizing the social aspect of it, and giving folks a portion of the garden for personal use and experimenting will help.

@maymeadowlark Basic gardening education is a HUGE part of it, b/c avid/experienced gardeners will likely already be using their space. Many foodbanks (in the US at least) already do have programs where they work with local community gardens, and parts of the harvest go to the foodbanks. Some church gardens do as well.

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