Community and School Gardens (

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By Marie Iannotti, Guide

One of the few nice things about tough times is that it woos many people into the garden. People who never grew so much as a pansy are now tomato growing obsessives. And lucky school kids are being dragged out there with them.

If you’ve been considering starting a garden in your community, whether to help feed people, to reclaim a vacant lot or to get the kids involved, there is a lot of great advice on the web to get you started. The American Community Gardening Association has a web site overflowing with charts and resources or you can begin with my boiled down checklist for getting a community garden organized.


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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.