Making Expectations Clear
Setting up garden guidelines helps everyone understand what is
expected of them and will help ensure the garden is kept in good
content of the Garden Guidelines will depend on the
site, nature of the garden and choices made by the garden team.
Consistency and repetition will help ensure the guidelines are
understood and respected by gardeners. We suggest you:
- Include the guidelines in the gardening agreement and have
gardeners sign off on them every year when they pay their garden
- Post a weatherproof copy at the garden.
- Share a copy on the website.
Relationship with the Community Association
Most community gardens in Calgary are built on land leased
through the community association so ensuring a good relationship
with your commmunity association is critical.
Community associations are usually registered non-profit
societies. Community garden groups tend to be informal
groups of gardeners. In order for the two groups to work well
together it is important to:
- Prepare Terms of
Reference describing the relationship of the garden
group to the community association.
- Identify how the community garden team maintains regular
communication with the community association.
- Define how bank accounts will be handled. Usually, the
community gardeners arrange to have a bank account that is a
line item in the community association's budget.
- Understand the cheque signing process at the community
association. Cheques are often co-signed by two community
association board members once a month, meaning it can take up 30
days to be reimbursed for expenses.
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