Community Garden Leadership – 21 Tips
- Learn to be a listener
- Learn to facilitate problem solving – rather than always have the right answer.
- Provide guidance with decision making by sharing consequences and options.
- Question yourself. Should I be doing this? Or making this decision? How can
I facilitate others to make these decisions?
- Let go of the stresses of the garden and situations that you cannot control.
- Learn to understand what motivates people and support this.
- Appreciate that every group functions differently. No two groups are alike nor
are any two garden sites alike.
- Gardeners love to garden. Ensure that they are successful at gardening. And
get their hands in the soil as quickly as possible.
- Learn when to hold hands and when to let go.
- Developing permanent garden leadership groups and gardens takes time. Think
in terms of a “three year plan.”
- Learn not to impose your will on the group or the project.
- Teach people to observe. Push them to articulate what they believe and see.
- Invest time in planning.
- Be prepared to alter your plans based on new information.
- Work with people to dream and help them realize their dreams (with a dose of
- You don’t have to have all the answers.
- Let the group move as fast or as slow as they need.
- It’s not your garden, do not impose your will on others.
- Take time to celebrate the accomplishments. Use a checklist that has big things
and little; it helps everyone feel like things are moving along.
- Suggest that the group give their future garden a name at the first meeting.
And make a sign announcing it.
Don’t support one-man shows! Sustainable gardens and groups involve everyone
and foster new leaders to emerge.
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