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Best Practices

Best Practices

Partnerships
Many organizations have expertise in gardens, agriculture, or education. Draw on their knowledge and resources to get your gardens off to a great start and support your efforts throughout the year.

Planning
Form a committee of interested employees from various levels to help shape the garden plan. Start with an organized and cohesive vision and employee gardeners will know what to expect.

Simplicity
Keep your plans simple and manageable. You can always add more space and features in future seasons.

Teamwork
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.

Go organic
Not only will it improve the environmental image of your company to have organic gardens, your employees will be safer by not using toxic chemicals while gardening.

Learn from others
Reach out to other companies who have established workplace gardens to learn about their challenges and successes.

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