PROJECT UPDATE: February 22, 2012 - We're pulling this project up again and hope to have it out by the end of March 2012. Please contribute ideas below in the comments section.
I’m in the process of writing a workbook for yard sharing groups and I could use your input!
The success of any garden share depends entirely on the expectations set by the entire group at the outset of the relationship between the members of the group. Respect of each other’s needs and hopes for the project should be a given.
It’s important to keep the workbook a flexible tool. I am assuming groups will have different needs regarding the formality of their agreements. My question to you is what sort of things would you need to work through in an agreement with your yardsharing members before you felt comfortable forming a working group?
* What needs to be in your agreement?
* What would be a deal breaker?
* What questions would you have for the garden or property owner?
* What questions would you have for the gardeners in the group?
* What questions would you want to work through regarding finances for your group?
* What is important to formalize?
* What is important to keep loose?
These agreements will depend only on what each group sorts through. How can we help make these groups enjoyable and workable for all the people involved?
Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts!
The plan is to charge a small fee for the workbook to raise money for keeping the site going.
Keep the suggestions coming folks!
Thank YOU - this is going to be really helpful to everyone interested!
That's a great idea! I've done that with others in cleaning parties but not other areas. Doing anything together makes the work lighter.
That's a great idea garden doc! I will work on a way to make that easy for people to organize here. At farms the idea is called a crop mob.. a sort of swarm of volunteers...this is more like a "round robin"...cool!
What a good kid! :D That' s really cool. Maybe we can find him a yard share pal?
Lovely! If he would ever like to post his thoughts here let me know. I'd love to hear what he's learned!
There will definitely be a few ideas on that - ways of thinking through being of service to our wider communities!