Recommended by the American Community Gardening Association
Community gardening enhances the fabric of towns and cities through social interactions and accessibility to fresh food, creating an enormously positive effect in the lives of everyone it touches. LaManda Joy, the founder of Chicago’s Peterson Garden Project and a board member of the American Community Gardening Association, has worked in the community gardening trenches for years and brings her knowledge to the wider world in Start a Community Food Garden. This hardworking guide covers every step of the process: fundraising, community organizing, site sourcing, garden design and planning, finding and managing volunteers, and managing the garden through all four seasons. A section dedicated to the basics of growing was designed to be used by community garden leaders as an educational tool for teaching new members how to successfully garden.
About the Author
LaManda Joy is an award-winning Master Gardener and the founder and executive director of Peterson Garden Project, which manages seven community gardens and nearly three thousand gardeners in Chicago, Illinois. A nationally recognized expert, lecturer, and writer on urban edible gardening, she is the author (with Theresa Gale) of Fearless Food Gardening in Chicagoland, and creator of the acclaimed blog The Yarden. LaManda also serves on the board of directors of the American Community Gardening Association, was the recipient of the Robert Mondavi Growing through Giving award, and featured in the Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Grow Inspired film series. She has lectured on historical Victory Gardens at the Library of Congress, the Field Museum, the Chicago Flower and Garden Show, and the Seed Savers Exchange Annual Conference.
“Joy’s timely handbook is about organizing people as well as planting produce, and the sustainable satisfaction of raising one’s own food.” —Publishers Weekly Best Lifestyle Book of 2014
“This delightful ‘handbook’ by Joy, a master gardener, offers equal parts sociology skills, organizational principles, business management tips, and illustrated guides for (among other things) planting seeds with the tip of a finger. . . . An excellent tool that cultivates human communities as much as it grows vegetables in group gardens.” —Publishers Weekly starred review
“Joy’s turnkey guide to project establishment and management is a masterpiece of organization, and the principles she communicates could be applied to any grassroots movement, not only community gardening. A former corporate executive and acclaimed master gardener who established Chicago’s groundbreaking Peterson Garden Project, Joy successfully combines her business communication and managerial skills with her love for garden production to create an essential and accessible resource for community leaders.” —Booklist
“A valuable reference for building a strong foundation, for anyone new to organizing or community gardening.” —Library Journal
“When you have a question, you ask an expert. That’s why people contemplating starting community gardens would come to LaManda Joy. . . . A wonderful resource on the subject.” —Chicago Tribune
“As we all become more aware of what we eat and the origin of our food, vegetable gardening is booming. Leading the way is LaManda Joy.” —Make It Better