Gardening for Life!

Group Exercise for New Garden Teams

Growing a Friendly Garden for Now & the Future:

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.

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2.  Communicate a clear and achievable vision of where you want the community garden to go.


Activity:  List 3 ways to communicate this message to gardeners and people in the neighbourhood who are not involved in the garden.

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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.


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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.

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5.  Be known for listening. 

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

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6.  Be honest, forthright and unafraid to confront realities with open discussion.


Activity: List 3 ways you can have respectful debate.

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b)


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7.  Ride the wave of opportunity when it breaks

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

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