Start A Garden

More than 20 garden groups represented at Garden Leader Training 2019!

Garden Project’s long-running Garden Leader Training was held over the course of three Saturdays in February and March, with leadership teams from both new and existing community gardens coming together plan for the season ahead. We look forward to seeing the community’s garden visions turn into reality and we thank you for your participation and your enthusiasm!

If you’re thinking about starting a new garden or taking on a leadership role at an existing one, consider participating in this semi-annual series of workshops! Join leaders from the community to 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 to follow up with
  • Access and startup assistance to time, resources and funds
  • Action plan to take dreams to reality!

If you were unable to attend the training this year, please feel free to check out our presentations and a few of our supplemental resources, linked below.

Garden Leader’s Training Curriculum

Day 1:

Virtual Tour of Successful Community Gardens

Developing Shared Vision

Day 2:

Volunteer Management and Outreach & Organizing

Day 3:

Garden Leadership Summit and Technical Trade Show

This is not a gardening class—it is 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; and 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.

For more information on what community garden leadership positions might entail, click here.

Read a listing of resources and mutual responsibilities between Garden Project and the gardens and gardeners in our network.

Still thinking about whether community gardening is for you? Read more about the benefits and time it takes to be a community gardener.

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

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