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Start a Community Food Garden: The Essential Handbook

By LaManda Joy

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

Community gardening enhances the fabric of towns and cities through social interactions and accessibility to fresh food, and has an enormously positive effect on the lives of everyone it touches. And with more than 18,000 (and growing) gardens spread through the United States and Canada, they are quickly becoming a primary source for fresh food in urban, suburban, and rural areas.

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, garden design, and managing the garden through all four seasons.

Media reviews

"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."

—William Hageman, Chicago Tribune

"Joy’s turnkey guide to project establishment and management is a masterpiece of organization ... An essential and accessible resource for community leaders."

Booklist

"An excellent tool that cultivates human communities as much as it grows vegetables in group gardens."

Publishers Weekly

About the author

LaManda Joy

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.

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