Community Garden Design

Food access, whether from shopping centers or community gardens, is problematic for many individuals in urban and suburban settings. Transportation to a supermarket is problematic because many times opportunities for growing one's own food do not even exist. There are many vacant lots and areas available for large garden spaces. In order to establish a community garden, it only takes a few people to organize and build ownership in the neighborhood. In this workshop we will follow the process of acquiring land, developing the resources needed in the garden spaces, and design infrastructure to grow food in those spaces. Most of the obstacles to creating a community garden are not unexpected by those having gone through the process, but understanding these obstacles and the reasons they exist is the first step to surmounting them and building advocacy to create a garden space. In this workshop we will use case studies of local community gardens and how they developed and prospered over the years. We will learn about the politics involved within the garden, between the gardeners, and with the neighbors and city. We also we will see how the garden is an asset to a neighborhood and not an eyesore. It raises the spirits and security of all those involved for food and community. We will also study how gardens increase the natural capital of a neighborhood or town. How the garden creates beneficial habitat for pollinators, beneficial insects, and birds. In this course we will redefine the community garden as you may have never understood it before.

We are excited to partner with Gardening Matters for this workshop. Gardening Matters is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting and preserving community gardening across the Twin Cities by connecting gardeners to each other and to the communities in which they reside. They provide training and resources to support community gardeners in achieving community gardens that are successful and sustainable, making them a great partner for a workshop like this!

Logistical info - 

Sabathani Community Center is on 38th Street, which is on a bus line. Conference Room D is located on the 3rd Floor. Elevator is on the eastern hall way. Parking lot is adjacent east of building. On street parking is also available and is not metered.

Course Details

  • Workshop Title:
    Community Garden Design
  • Date:
    Saturday, 15 February 2014
  • Teacher:
    Daniel Halsey
  • Location:
    Sabathani Community Center - Conference Room D, 310 E 38th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55409
  • Intended Audience:

    Market Gardeners, Backyard Farmers, Community Activists

  • What sets this workshop apart:

    This class is taught by longtime garden advocates and designers. A workbook will be provided to each attendee showing the steps in developing their community garden and also the designs available to increase the capacity of the growing spaces, the ecological benefits to the natural community, and the advocacy of local government. Participants will hear the stories and be lifted to contribute to the next phase of community gardens in the Twin Cities on a new level.

  • Level:
    Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teacher Bio:

    Daniel Halsey is a certified permaculture designer and teacher for multiple academic institutions and organizations. Daniel ha a Bachelor of Science degree in Temperate Climate Polyculture Design and a Masters of Professional Studies in Horticulture from the University of Minnesota. His interest in agro-ecosystems and edible forest gardens began with an introduction to polyculture design in 2003. Polyculture plant systems are patterned after forest ecology where each plant contributes to the health of the ecological niche and soil community. Dan travels nationally, hired to design, instruct, and consult for planning of intentional communities, agro-ecosystems, and broad-acre restoration. Dan and Ginny live on a twenty-five acre wetland savannah called SouthWoods, in Prior Lake, Minnesota where they manage self-sustaining forest gardens of fruiting trees, shrubs and nut crops. SouthWoods incorporates permaculture principals in all aspects of living.

  • Date of Class:
    Saturday, February 15th, 9am-1pm
  • Outdoor Elements:
  • Will leave knowing:

    -Community garden designs

    -With Community Garden workbooks and Site Assessment Guides

    -with new energy for pursuing community garden opportunities

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    Community Garden Design

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