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Starting a Community Garden

Starting a community garden can take a lot of work, but it's also quite rewarding.

Start by finding like-minded souls who can share the work in helping to bring your vision to life. Next, set the planning committee to work finding a good site.

You need a secure location that gets at least six hours of sun and has easy access to water. Ask local organizations if you can use a portion of their land. Parks, schools, churches, and even utility easements can offer great long-term sites.

Once you receive permission from the landowner, ask your county Extension office for help in getting your soil tested and knowing what to plant when. Starting a new community garden can take many months, but the first harvest will make all the hard work seem worth it!

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