Creating a Community Through Gardening

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Explore the world of community gardening by learning how to initiate, structure, manage, and promote healthy gardening in your local community.




About the Course

This course walks you through the steps of taking a community garden from an idea to a reality over the course of the year. You will learn what you need to start a community garden, how to build partnerships with agencies and community leaders, and how to construct a community garden site.

Course Schedule

This course is self-paced allowing you flexibility in the time needed to complete the course. You decide the order and progression you’d like to take, allowing you to revisit and review sections in greater depth as needed.

This course includes:

  • Supplemental reference materials
  • Interactive lessons
  • Learn more opportunities

Following the course, you will complete an assessment which requires you to demonstrate your understanding of key course concepts. Upon successful completion of the assessment you will be awarded an electronic certificate of completion.

Course Chapters

  • Community Gardens Background
  • Organizing Community Gardens
  • Picking a Site
  • Building a Garden
  • Fundraising
  • Rules and Bylaws

Course Objectives

After completing this course, learners should be able to:

  • Understand how to form a community garden
  • Articulate best practices for constructing a community garden program in your agency.

Recommended Background

This course is designed with parks and recreation managers and staff in mind, but anybody could benefit from this introduction to community gardening.


Aside from an internet connection, what resources will I need for the course?


Will I get a certificate after completing the course?

Yes! All courses include a final assessment to evaluate your understanding of key course concepts. A certificate of completion will be offered to you if you complete the assessment with a score of 80% or higher.

Why should I take this course?

Each Eppley e-course is designed collaboratively among experienced instructional designers, subject matter experts, and our partner organizations and institutions. The course curriculum includes current information and best practices in the field, and it is recognized by national leaders in parks, recreation, and land management. Not only will this course benefit your career by expanding your knowledge base, but it will also enhance your application and problem-solving skills.

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