Not all community Gardens are failures, many thrive. So what makes for a successful garden?
1. Get the community involved from day one. This may seem like a no brainer, but sometimes outside groups pick a vacant lot and decide that there should be a community garden there without asking anyone living around it.
2. Read Grassroots Gardens 10 Steps to Starting a Community Garden Here.
3. Have long term support available to care for the garden when the community members cannot. PUSH has some of the best gardens in the city because they find volunteers to take care of them, they are always finding new ways to keep the community engaged.
4. Partner with a school. Pelion Garden (pictured below) is a fantastic garden because City Honors has made tending this plot a part of their curriculum. Also this garden is close to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, and they are invested in making this neighborhood better through donations of money and time.
Still want to start a community garden on a vacant lot in your neighborhood? Check out these non-profits for help :
PUSH (People United for Sustainable Housing)