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1 How to start a community garden on your faith-based land…

2  Cost- both time and money  Sustained enthusiasm  Clear vision  Management  Accessibility to gardeners  Volunteer coordination

3  Establish a garden committee  Find a coordinator  Subcommittees might include  Fundraising  Design  Maintenance  Outreach

4 Possibilities might include: Community garden Senior citizens Farm for the poor Low income garden Establish income levels Educational Demo Community use

5 low income scholarship=$30 standard plot fee=$60 half-plot fee=$30 annual plot fee=$30 ADA bed fee=$30 winter standard plot fee=$30 winter half-plot fee=$15 deposit=$20

6 Income plot fees4400 deposits2120 donations grants total6520 610 Expenses coordinator stipend3000 water (600 WCG) mowing0 hoses (&repair kits), tools, string, stakes 100 soil test 50 tractor work 120 tiller rental200 amendments160 plant starts, seeds0 garbage50 cover crop seed clay, nematodes, etc. 100 office supplies, ink, paper, envelopes, mailing labels70 postage84 printing20 mileage reimbursement50 deposit returns2120 total6124 administration costs 10%610

7 Persons in Family/Household Annual Income Monthly Income 1$21,660$1,805 229,1402,428 336,6203,052 444,1003,675 551.584,298 659,0604,922 766,5405.545 874,0206,168 9+Add $3,740 per personAdd $312 per person Westside Community Garden 2009plot #_____paid______ Name_____________________________Date_______________ Address______________________________________________ City___________________Zip_______Phone_______________ Email________________________________________________ As you may know, our garden is targeting individuals who may have limited incomes. We will not use this information to exclude you, but we need to get an idea of how many gardeners have limited incomes. Is your income, before taxes, at or below the income listed? □Yes, it is AT or BELOW the income listed. □No, it is ABOVE the income listed. Can our program evaluator contact you? □Yes □No This information will be confidential.

8 COMMUNITY GARDEN RULES 2006 Westside Community Church has provided us with a beautiful gardening area along with irrigation and water at no cost and asks for our help by following these simple rules. THIS IS A COMMUNITY GARDEN, so please be thoughtful! Cooperation with all gardeners and a general respect for others’ space is appreciated. Please read each of these rules carefully as you will be asked to sign an agreement and to abide by them. *No animals allowed *No weeds going to seed *Stay within your boundaries of your plot, as established by the Garden Coordinator at the beginning of the season *Don’t shade or water anyone else’s area *Keep your space neat and clean and remove trash from site *Turn off the water and put hoses back when finished *Share your gardening toys, wisdom, seeds, extras, etc. *Compost bins are for compost only *400 square foot maximum plot per household * Park on the adjacent parking lot * The gravel road should be used to load and unload only (5 minutes max).*This is not a market garden: You may not sell anything you grow at Westside Community Garden. THIS IS AN ORGANIC GARDEN: If you have any questions about what is considered organic call the Benton County OSU Extension Master Gardeners Program at 766-6750. It is your responsibility to find out what is organic and what isn’t. *No treated lumber *No chemical slug bait *Organic fertilizer and organic pest control only *Grow sustainably: Mulch to conserve soil moisture FAILURE TO ABIDE BY THESE RULES WILL RESULT IN REVOCATION OF YOUR SPACE WITHOUT NOTICE OR REFUND Westside Community Church and all project volunteers shall be held free from any liability for any personal injuries or damage to property resulting from your participation in the Westside Community Garden.

9 yearly soil samples & pH tests post extra produce drop sites communication w/ gardeners communication w/ church hosting garden tours update info & guidelines spring letters to gardeners garden sign-up inc. measuring & staking update map coordinate amendments drop-off spring work party garbage & recycling plant cover crop clean-up unused or abandoned sites maintain compost piles mow or weed wack edges update bulletin board purchase new hoses, tools, etc. repair old hoses maintain common areas winter garden sign-up return deposits rototiller rental fall clean-up work party

10 Standard Business Policy (for churches or non profits) cost $13/yr General liability 2,000,000/limit 1,000,000/occurrence  Bodily damage  Property damage This would cover all gardeners and visitors  make sure volunteers are covered  medical $5000/person/yr  name location if off site Workers Comp Policy- for employees

11 Dunawi Creek Community Garden POWER EQUIPMENT USE AGREEMENT Dunawi Creek Community Garden, Corvallis Environmental Center and The City of Corvallis shall be held free of any liability for any personal injury or damage to property resulting while operating any power equipment at Dunawi Creek Community Garden. Any damage to the power equipment and/or other property resulting from use of the power equipment is a responsibility of the signed user. The user is responsible to return the power equipment in the same condition as when they received it. It is the user’s responsibility to clean the power equipment of any mud, dirt, string, twine or any other debris when they are finished using. I agree to the above conditions and terms Signed_____________________________ Date________________________ Liability Issues -hold harmless agreement

12 Westside Community Church and all project volunteers shall be held free from any liability for any personal injuries or damage to property resulting from your participation in the Westside Community Garden.


14 Sunny location Minimum of 6 hours/day Access to water Size requirement Slope Access Quality of soil-do soil test (how to EC626) Contamination-heavy metals

15 Labs in Oregon (EM 8677) AgriCheck-Umitilla Approximately $50 pH Testing- 6-6.5 veggies(EC1503) Check w/ local Extension office Master Gardeners


17  Measurements  Use maps  Layout  w/irrigation  Paths; shed; berry patch; orchard; bench, chairs, picnic table w/shade; native garden; herb garden; bird boxes; ADA beds  Plot plan  Determine size



20 Decide what size plots you will have and how wide paths will be before you put in irrigation. Use layout to come up with a plan for laying pipe.

21 Water meter

22 Remove obstructions & debris Fence ? w/gate Permits plumbing not potable water ($28) Layout w/plot plan Plow & till Irrigation Trenching Pipe, fittings Risers on posts w/spigots Signs Amend soil after soil test results (EC 628) Add Lime 6-6.5 pH Manure, compost, leaves See Organic Matter (EC 1561) Measure & stake Paths-wood chips or straw Cover crop (FS 304E)(EM 8803-E) Compost areas (EB 1784)



25  Gardeners  Volunteers  Community

26 With-in garden Blog Newsletter Bulletin board Website Email Phone In person Outside Garden Brochures Newspaper Coop newsletter Signs, banners Posters Host garden tours Church bulletins

27 Turning compost Making signs Picking up trash in community garden areas Maintaining paths Newsletter Website design Mentoring Obtaining donations Phone calls, emails, mailings Coordinating bark chip, manure, leaf deliveries Teaching gardening classes Hosting garden tours Collecting produce for food banks, etc. Planting, mowing, maintaining, and cleaning community areas Repairing and cleaning tools and equipment Helping on a committee

28  Schools  Other churches, or faith based organizations  Youth groups  Kid clubs  Service groups  Community service  Organizations  Park & Rec  Businesses

29 Initial expenses irrigation pipe, fittings, trenching, posts, spigots, signs, permit soil test shed plowing and tilling amending soil lime compost, manure, leaves equipment hoses tools shovels, rakes, hoe, garden fork, pitch fork string stakes 100 foot tape measure straw or wood chips sign

30 Irrigation pipe, fittings, trenching, posts, spigots, signs, permit600 Drinking water Soil test 46 Shed on concrete pad, materials, door, paint, caulk, lock, hardware, gravel, roof 2600 ADA beds w/ paths Plowing and tilling300 Amending soil lime, fertilizer200 compost, manure, leaves Equipment hoses120 tools shovels, rakes, hoe, garden fork, pitch fork, wheelbarrows,garbage cans 250 Stakes, string 75 100 foot tape measure 50 Paths- straw or wood chips100 Signs banner180 wood w/ bulletin board 950 Bike rack Fence Port-a potty @$45/ month Mileage300 Access road w/ gate Office supplies100 Postage 42 total $6000

31 Material Qty 4x6x8’ PT 2 2x6x14’ (roof joists)2 2x6x12’ (floor joists)5 2x6x8’ (rim joists)2 5/8 T&G sub floor (tongue and groove)3 2x4x14 (top plates)2 2x4x12 (top plates) 4 2x4x8 (top plates)2 2x4x10 (top plates)4 2x4x8(studs east/west)9 2x4x12 (studs east/west)5 2x4x8 (studs north/south)12 T-111 sheets9 10’ panels for roofing (metal)14 Total :

32 Individual sponsorship Local businesses Grants GENE, Neighborhood Empowerment Grant,,Benton County Foundation, Evening Garden Club, OSU Thrift Store Local plant nurseries, garden clubs, plant sales, etc.

33 Vandalism Abandonment Rules Bilingual issues Trees Organic Garbage Neighbors Compost(EB1784) Pests Gophers (EC1255) Deer (EC1579) Insects Slugs Cucumber beetles Plant diseases Tomatoes Powdery mildew Wilt

34  Gardening 101  Composting  Mentoring  Drip irrigation  Community building activities  Salsa class  Cider making

35  Welcome  Thank you  Music  Sharing food  Harvest Party  Cider Making Party  Ethnic Food

36 Food for Lane County Neighbor to Neighbor, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Corvallis American Community Gardening Association Corvallis Environmental Center Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon Oregon State University Extension Benton County Master Gardeners Sprinklers Warehouse Territorial Seed Company Organic Materials Review Institute Groundwork USA American Horticulture Therapy Association

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