Community Gardening

Children in a School Garden

Community gardens are a major part of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move initiative. Dig into these resources to learn about healthy, local food.



Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food

United States Department of Agriculture.

A USDA initiative to promote sustainable local and regional food systems that will support small and mid-sized farms and ranches, strengthen rural communities, promote healthy eating, and protect our natural resources.


American Community Gardening Association

American Community Gardening Association.

Fact sheets, contacts, links, reports and a discussion group that assist in starting, finding and researching community gardens. See:


USDA Blog: People's Garden

United States Department of Agriculture.

Features updates related to USDA People's Garden initiative and community food. See specific posts tagged "People's Garden".


Community Garden Start-Up Guide (PDF | 86 KB)

University of California. Cooperative Extension Service. Los Angeles County.

Guide to help neighborhood groups and organizations along the path to starting and sustaining a community garden.


Community Garden Guide: Vegetable Garden Planning and Development (PDF | 310 KB)

USDA. NRCS. Rose Lake Plant Materials Center.

Discusses garden shape, size, preparation, and row orientation, and includes a chart listing vegetables, estimated pounds needed per person, row length to plant per person, yield per foot of row, and preservation data.


Books on Community Gardening

USDA. National Agricultural Library.

Searches for books in the NAL Catalog (AGRICOLA) on community gardening.


Articles on Community Gardening

USDA. National Agricultural Library.

Searches for articles in the NAL Article Citation database (AGRICOLA) on community gardening.