Group Exercise for New Garden Teams
Growing a Friendly Garden for Now &
Introduce the first Garden Team meeting of the season with this
activity. Have the Garden Team discuss how to:
1. Create a positive,
inspiring tone for the garden.
Activity: List 3 achievable ways to do this.
2. Communicate a clear and
achievable vision of where you want the community garden to
Activity: List 3 ways to communicate this message to
gardeners and people in the neighbourhood who are not involved in
3. Let it be known that the
values of the community garden are integrity, justice, fairness, respect, kindness,
contribution and development.
Activity: List 3 ways the Garden Team can act to let these
values be known in the neighbourhood.
4. Define what steps are taken when
the garden team takes a decision.
Does it begin with in-person or online discussion
followed by majority voting? Is there a simple way to
register concerns and a simple appeal process for decisions?
Activity: Write up the steps your group will take for making
decisions, reviewing suggestions , registering concerns and how to
appeal a decision.
5. Be known for
Post a message: "Our garden team is interested in
listening to suggestions and comments from gardeners and will
encourage respectful debate when there are a variety of opinions
expressed. When a decision needs to be taken, the garden team
will endeavour to make the wisest choice for the benefit of the
garden, gardeners and neighbourhood residents. "
Activity: List 3 places this message is posted
6. Be honest, forthright and
unafraid to confront realities with open discussion.
Activity: List 3 ways you can have respectful debate.
7. Ride the wave of opportunity when it
Sometimes things happen that you could never have predicted or
planned. If the wave of opportunity is swamping the Garden Team,
start talking to people.
Share the needs with other residents in your community, your
City of Calgary Parks Community Strategist and City of Calgary
Community Recreation Coordinator and the Community Garden Resource
Network of the Calgary Horticultural Society.
Activity: List 3 situations where you would ask for advice