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Next Garden Leaders Training is in Winter 2023!

Tuesday evenings in March (March 7, 14, 21, 28)

Biennially, Garden Project hosts Garden Leaders Training for community groups interested in starting new community gardens.

If you’re thinking about starting a new garden, or taking on a leadership role at an existing one, consider participating in Greater Lansing Food Bank’s, Garden Leaders Training (GLT). This 3-part series, tailored from the American Community Garden Association’s curriculum, will help community members gain leadership skills, access local resources and startup money, network, share and plan for successful community gardening projects.

From attending, you will gain:

  • Knowledge and confidence to start a successful community garden
  • Connection to a great network of gardens
  • Understanding of various resources in the community
  • Binder full of info for your garden team
  • Access to startup assistance, consulting time, resources and funds
  • Action plan to turn your shared visions into reality

Gardener Leaders Training is a crucial skills training for successful community gardening projects.

Each session will provide an interactive opportunity for community members to gain leadership skills, access local resources, network, share and plan for both new and existing community gardening projects.  Past participants include:

  • Schools aiming to provide students with hands-on gardening experience and nutrition education
  • “faith and food” congregations with goals of growing fresh produce for their members and community food banks
  • health clinics who want to engage their patients in healthy food production
  • neighbors and apartment complex dwellers who garden together

With attendance, there will be opportunities to apply for Garden Project Start-Up Resources. We encourage at least 2 people from each community project to attend.

More resources:

Please feel free to check out the presentations and a few of our supplemental resources from our 2019 series, linked below.

To learn more about Garden Leaders Training and starting a garden in your community, please call 517-853-7809 or email