School and Community Gardens
Tales of Marin’s Community Gardens
- Read our informative and fun booklet of successes
- Learn about growing food
- Grow an extra row for those in need
- Don’t have a garden in your area? Advocate for the benefits of community and shared gardens with your town council or school district with these resources: https://www.changelabsolutions.org/product/dig-eat-be-healthy; and https://www.changelabsolutions.org/sites/default/files/JointUse_FactSht_FINAL_20130425.pdf
Map of Marin's Community Gardens
How do we define school and community gardens?
The goal of the Marin Master Gardener Community Garden Committee is to help the current community gardens of Marin remain viable assets to their communities, while assisting future garden development to enable the healthy benefits of gardening are available throughout the county.
All Master Gardeners have been finger-printed and have passed background screening by the California Department of Justice. We follow horticultural practices appropriate within adopted University California Cooperative Extension guidelines and established Integrated Pest Management Techniques.
The Marin County Community (and School) Garden Needs Assessment
Download Report: Marin County Community Garden Needs Assessment
In 2011, UCCE staff and garden stakeholders from the county worked diligently to get to the heart of what’s happening regarding Marin’s school and community gardens. Case studies from around the country have documented the benefits of gardens on a number of levels, such as contributing to community health, nutrition education, and neighborhood aesthetics, and now we have detailed data for Marin that verifies these claims. For example, did you know that 80% of respondents active in community gardens reported eating more fruits and vegetables, and getting more exercise? Roughly two-thirds of the youth surveyed reported higher environmental literacy as a result of classroom education in the garden. However, there continue to be significant waitlists at neighborhood community gardens.
In the report you will find recommended solutions to help improve current and future community gardens for Marin's residents. Many solutions were expressed during interviews with gardeners, local government officials, and community organization members, thus planting the seeds for the growth of a collective effort to meet garden needs and build community health.
Contact us by email at: email@example.com
Further Community Garden Resources:
- American Community Gardening Association
- Dig, Eat, & Be Healthy - Growing food on public property
- Further Community Garden Resources
- Ground Rules: A Legal Toolkit for Community Gardens
- How To Start A Community Garden
- Marin County Community Needs Assessment
- Sample legal agreement between individual gardener and Community Garden Manager