INTERESTED IN STARTING
Starting a new community garden or urban farm is an enormous endeavor that will require your attention and commitment 12 months out of the year, and at least 4 times per week. Gardens are like pets- even when you’re on vacation you must find a way to take care of them.
Things to think about when considering founding a garden:
Land– You will need to consider who owns the land you envision becoming a community garden or urban farm. Most of Parkway Partners’ gardens are privately owned. Whether the landowner is an individual or a city agency, we will need a Landowner’s Agreement with a minimum of a 3-year-lease. We will provide you with this document after the below steps have been addressed.
Community Blessing– As a community-based organization, it is very important to Parkway Partners that all of its gardens and farms have the blessing of the community, and are serving the community. We ask that before doing anything else, you knock on doors, have meetings, and discuss your idea for a garden. Other community members may have a different idea for the land, or have information that may be valuable to you. Either way, it is important to include all neighbors of the proposed site from the beginning regarding your garden or urban farm idea.
Growers– Now that the neighbors are on board and excited about your proposal, you must now cultivate growers. Just because a neighbor is excited about the new community garden, it doesn’t mean they will commit to growing 4 times a week, 12 months out of the year. Parkway Partners does not support gardens that only intend to be active for part of the year.
Lead Gardener– Parkway Partners requires one Lead Gardener at all of its community gardens and urban farms. This person acts as the liaison between the other growers and Parkway Partners, updates our organization as to changes in their roster of growers, etc. The Lead Gardener puts the water bill in his/her name and signs a 3-Year Lead Gardener’s Agreement with Parkway Partners.
Water Source – Where will your water come from? All urban farms and community gardens in the city of New Orleans require installation of a stop and waste valve, dual check valve, and a hose bib with a vacuum breaker, by a licensed plumber. The filing fee with the Sewerage and Water Board is $50. The Lead Gardener must be willing to put the water in his/her name and orchestrate the installation of a water source.
Fencing– It is very important to fence in your garden. Even if you will be donating your produce, a fence indicates to the community to not pick produce at free will, allowing vegetables the time to fruit. Also, fencing keeps out dogs and other animals that can be destructive to a garden.