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To get started, gather support of people who share a similar goal and purpose for a garden. This typically includes neighbors, friends, relatives, school programs, churches or nonprofit organizations. Garden purposes vary from starting a donation garden to donate to a local pantry, to growing organic food for your family, to establishing a learning zone for school-aged children. gardening There are many gardens with many missions. It is important to address each individual’s goals for the garden and make sure there everyone can respect those goals. For example, if one interested gardener plans to use chemicals, make sure the others aren’t interested in a chemical-free garden. Differing garden goals can be solved in a number of ways, but most importantly, they should be addressed before planting.

Then identify the land you want to garden. This might be at a church, school, or in your backyard. In Kalamazoo, a possibility is to “adopt-a-lot” from the Kalamazoo County Land Bank to start a garden. If you are interested in “adopting” a garden site, visit or call 269-216-9681

It helps to have one or two people managing the overall effort; communicating a schedule if necessary, determining what resources are needed and how to obtain them, and providing a contact for existing and potential gardeners.

the basics:

Common Ground offers classes and support to help you get started. See the "Resources" area of this site for a class schedule and more information on the type of resources we can provide you with.

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For more information about Common Ground and it's programs, contact us at
The Kalamazoo County Land Bank
phone: (269) 762-6191