Build a Community Garden

Establishing a successful community garden in Springfield is certainly doable. In fact, dedicated leaders can build a great community garden in just five steps:

1. Ask “Who’s interested?”

Finding individuals to support the garden in the initial stages is vital for sustainability.

2. Consider the purpose for the garden.

Is it to teach? To feed? To meet neighbors? A community garden can be many things for an area and its people, so narrowing the focus will help us build a framework for who or what you want to impact.

3. Select a garden site.

Finding a garden site can prove difficult. We’re here to help! The SCG team can help write land leases, help gain water access, and coordinate with city departments to make your garden a reality. We can also provide liability insurance for your site.

4. Brainstorm a garden design.

Our expert team can perform a site analysis to help you think about possible options. Fully utilizing a site's resources will improve efficiency. We'll help answers questions like, "Where is the most sunlight? Where will the shed go? What kind of garden do we want to build?"

5. Establish a management team.

Once a garden is built, managing volunteers and maintaining interest is necessary. The Springfield Community Gardens staff can help you coordinate work and volunteer days that lead to the continued success of your space! We will be thrilled to help you and your neighborhood keep the garden growing, so please get in touch.

If you plan to start a community garden, we must know 6 months in advance. The deadline for 2016 Spring & Summer Garden Season is September 1, 2015, though it's never too soon to start planning for the next year.