Best Practices in Garden Planning
- There are likely organizations or institutions local to your workplace that have expertise in gardens, agriculture, or education. Invite them to share their knowledge and resources to get your gardens off to a great start and support your efforts throughout the year.
- Learn from others. Reach out to companies who have established workplace gardens to learn about their strategies, challenges, and successes.
- Form a team of employees from various areas to help shape the garden plan. Start with an organized and cohesive vision and employee gardeners will know what to expect.
- Aim for simplicity. Keep your plans manageable. You can always add more space and features with each season.
- Teamwork will take your project much further than individual efforts. Working in teams increases accountability, encourages people to share knowledge, and develops leadership.
- Set employees up for success. Provide a garden space with good soil, sun exposure, easy access to water, tools, education, and a clear understanding of the organization of the garden and how things get done.
- Keep your plans simple and manageable. You can always add more space and features in future seasons.
- Corporate gardens involve some sort of collective maintenance. Working in teams increases accountability, allows people to share knowledge, and develops leadership skills.
Set gardeners up for success
- Provide employees with good soil, sun exposure, easy access to water, hand tools, education, and a clear understanding of the organization of the garden and how things get done.
Serve the community
- By growing food in workplace gardens and donating it to community hunger relief agencies, you will strengthen your local community. Food pantries and community kitchens often don’t have much access to fresh produce; your garden surplus can make a real difference in people’s ability to access fresh, healthy food.
- Organic gardens offer social, environmental, and economic advantages than gardens where toxic chemicals are used. Using organic techniques to reduce the risk of harm to human health demonstrates responsibility and care for community and the earth.
Learn from others
- Reach out to other companies who have established workplace gardens to learn about their challenges and successes.