A solid leadership team is the key to a community garden’s success.
It’s as invaluable as irrigation and good soil. Successful community gardens share responsibilities among members and build community together, rather than expecting one person to lead by themselves. See below for resources to help your community garden thrive.

 Community garden leadership committee shared responsibilities

2024 Community Garden Toolkit Series

Join Garden Project for a series of free trainings to learn practical skills and tops to help your community garden thrive.

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Garden leadership committee toolkit documents

Coordination toolkit

Membership toolkit

Maintenance toolkit

Community building toolkit

Additional resources for community garden leadership teams

Garden Leaders: Specialty resources are available for existing gardens in the network! Let us know how we can best support your good work.

Common garden phrases list by language

We kindly ask that only members of a Garden Project network garden’s leadership committee make requests using the forms below.

Garden Improvement Grant Application

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Resource Request for Compost and Volunteers

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Maintenance Assistance Request

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As part of Greater Lansing Food Bank, it is important that Garden Project’s network of community gardens support the mission and goals of the food bank, and work toward sustainability in the following areas:

  • Food Security
  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Productive Space

Additionally, adequate infrastructure and strong, in-garden leadership will give gardens a firm foundation to build sustainability. We encourage garden leadership committees to use the rubric below as a guide in determining opportunities for growth, sustainability and shared responsibility.

Community garden sustainability rubric