Describing the Vision
Intention, Spirit and Inspiration:
Describing the Vision the Group has of the Community's
It is important for the residents to discuss and describe how
they want the garden to enhance their neighbourhood. That
conversation needs to be a collaborative one carried out by the
people who come to the garden, live near the garden, and pass by
Here is an activity that gets residents talking about the kind of
community garden they would like to see in the
1. Prepare 5 sheets of paper with one of the
following questions on each sheet of paper.
2. Place one sheet on each of 5 tables.
3. Invite people attending the public meeting spread
out and go to different tables.
4. For 5 minutes each table group shares their
immediate thoughts about the question. One person at the
table records everyone's ideas and suggestions.
5. At the end of 5 minutes each person goes to a
different table. Repeat this until each person at the public
meeting discusses each question with a different group of
6. In 30 minutesor so, everyone at the meeting
has spoken with everyone else and brought forth ideas that
have been written down and compiled.
7. Ask for a person to compile the lists of ideas
and post them on a section of the community association web
pages. This makes it possible for people who were unable to
attend the public meeting to understand the intention and
inspiration that is behind this community garden.
Here are the questions for the discussion tables:
1. What kind of place do we want this
garden to be?
What are the words and phrases do we want to use to talk
about this community garden to others?
2. What can we do to make all residents feel
How can we let residents of all ages and gardening experience
know about the community garden? Who can join the community
Will we welcome gardeners from other neighbourhoods if they
purchase a community association membership?
3. What will a community garden do to make
our neighbourhood a better place to live?
What are the most important positive benefits to the
community? Are there any negative impacts?
4. What will gardeners (new and experienced)
want to learn?
5. What can we do to keep the garden going
6. What are some guidelines for our community
7. What shall we call the
List some names for the community garden. Ask the group at the
public meeting to vote for their favourite. You can also make
naming the community garden a neighbourhood contest.