Gateway Greening Network
Inspiring Neighborhoods and Communities
Community agriculture projects improve the appearance of neighborhoods and inspire, educate, and reflect the pride of their participants. They come in many shapes and sizes: community vegetable gardens, tree and shrub plantings, native gardens, perennial beds, street beautification, or even innovative designs created by community groups themselves. There are over 200 of these projects in the Gateway Greening Network.
What is a Gateway Greening Network Project? A network project is simply a community or school garden or orchard project that has completed our development process.
What is the Development Process? Gateway Greening’s development process is simply a planning process we have developed for groups who want to create a community garden and/or orchard. This is a step by step process to help groups to plan how they will run their garden and/or orchard project. The steps in our process have been assembled based on our experience working with successful gardens and seeing what they have done as well as talking to our sister organizations in other major cities around the country.
Why would a garden want to become a Gateway Greening network garden? Firstly Gateway Greening has found the steps groups go through to finish the development process are very beneficial to the sustainability of a community project. Secondly, network projects are eligible for many services that non-network projects are not eligible for including garden and orchard expansions, vegetable seedlings, tool loans, the ability to receive volunteer groups through Gateway Greening, reduced rates for educator led classes, and an assigned staff liaison to help with questions. Orchards are also eligible to receive the recommended spray ingredients, limb spreaders, and regular pest and disease alerts and reminders.
If My Project Joins Gateway Greening’s Network Will Gateway Greening Run it or Will We Have to Pay a Membership Fee? No. Here at Gateway Greening we believe strongly that the community projects we work with should be free to manage themselves. We do not manage any of the projects in our network and we charge no membership fees of any kind. All that is needed to join our network is to complete our development process with us.
What happens to the food grown in a Gateway Greening network garden? Each of Gateway Greening’s community and youth gardens are independently managed according to their own organizational principles, so some may allow individuals or families to adopt particular beds while others may require all beds be used communally. Typically, the majority of the food grown in community and youth gardens is used directly by the growers, although most gardens also informally donate surplus produce to neighbors or nearby soup kitchens. A few community gardens are run exclusively as pantry gardens and donate 100% of their harvest, however such food distribution decisions are left up to each community garden’s discretion.
Benefits of a Gateway Greening Network Garden