Community Gardening Requires An Open Mind

Community GardeningThe terms community and community gardening signify the involvement of more than one person. And, when ever more than a single person is involved in an area that inspires that type of passion that gardening does, it stands to reason that a fair amount of compromise will also be required.

Today we are going to make a return visit to The Thrify Mama to hear more about lessons learned from community gardening.

Community Gardening: There’s No “I” In Group

Collaborative effort is hard work.  While many hands make light work, the scheduling of such light work may be downright inconvenient.

If I were to build my own compost bin at home, I would do it on my own time, but I would have to do it all by myself.  Working to build compost bins for an entire garden might be less manual labor for one person but we all have to be there at the same time to benefit from the community aspect of the project.  When’s the last time you tried to coordinate a good meeting time for twenty different people?

And let’s not forget that getting any group of people  to respectfully exchange ideas is a challenge at best.  Some people want to use a tiller while others want to double dig to disturb the soil as little as possible.  Still others don’t want to dig at all but plan to put down cardboard and build a lasagna garden.  Some people want to allow pets in the garden while others are completely opposed to this idea.  These are actual issues that can be difficult to work out.

When embarking on this communal journey, consider the flexibility of your schedule and your interest in exchanging ideas with people who will have very different opinions.

A lot of people join a group project with the idea of running the group rather than working with the group. In some cases that might work out, but for the majority it is their ability to collaborate and compromise that brings the best results. To read more about the lessons learned from community gardening, click here. Then, share with us your own experiences and what you’ve learned along the way.

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