Sharing the Crops: Encouraging Food
Sometimes the idea of sharing food is new to people who expect to
rent a garden bed. Nature tends to produce more than you
Introduce community garden food sharing by:
1. Having a group planting date and time to set up the
Tasting Gardens in the spring. All of the produce grown in
these garden beds will be shared with people other than community
2. Having a discussion with gardeners every year to choose
the crops to be planted, cared for and shared with people other
than the community gardeners.
3. Asking gardeners to suggest where the produce gifts from
the shared gardens will be donated each year.
4. Including in the Gardener's Agreement the guideline that
all gardeners spend 15 minutes per week caring for the Tasting
5. Posting instructions on what to do in the Tasting Garden
bed so new gardeners can learn how to maintain the crop also.
6. Marking Tasting Gardens with signs when crops are "Not
Ready to Pick and Eat" and "Ready to Pick and Eat".
7. Contacting our neighbourhood local group homes for people
with disabilities, seniors affordable housing, emergency shelters
for people coming out of domestic violence or homelessness, food
banks, halfway houses for people in recovery.
8. Asking the cook in these locations what amount and kind
of produce that will be helpful.
9. Contacting the Community Garden Resource Network for
names of organizations connecting with families in need of fresh
food when we are unsure where to start.