Information about Community Gardens
Guide for Beginner Gardeners in Jerusalem
Instruction Booklet for the Beginner Community Gardener
The professional team working in this field strives to help community gardens become more professional and independent, and the enrichment booklets we have been writing on relevant topics in recent years are one means to that end.To the top
What is a community garden?
A community garden is a community organizing to promote quality of life and the environment around a defined geographical site. The community garden is set up and maintained with the cooperation of the community and for its benefit, integrates different populations and is open to everyone.
The community garden is managed by the residents and allows for the creation or strengthening of the community, immediate access to nature and the land, and promotes sustainable living in the city. The garden should strive to be accessible and inviting to the general public, maintain a regular working day over time (preferably on a weekly basis) and serve as a center for diverse environmental and community activities.
To contact garden coordinators:
Click here for the Jerusalem Community Gardens Facebook page
Click here for the Jerusalem Community Gardens Instagram page
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Support for Community Gardens
Criteria for community gardens receiving support from the Community Gardens team, the Social Sustainability Field of the Jerusalem Municipality’s Society Division.
- A garden under the shared responsibility of the residents and open to the general public.
- There is a regular working day (preferably on a weekly basis).
- One resident serves as the contact person and the garden coordinator.
- The community administration or a local organization are is involved and supportive.
- There are at least three events during the year, with at least 50 participants (30 in small gardens).
- There are at least three residents in the core leading group (who take responsibility, make decisions, carry out tasks).
- There are at least 15 in the broad circle (who regularly participate in working days) / there is potential for expansion.
- The work is carried out according to an annual horticultural plan under the guidance and agricultural consultation of the Community Gardens team.
- The garden is used for community activities beyond gardening activities (story hours, social gatherings, holiday events).
- The garden is used as a mechanism for promoting sustainability (compost preparation / reuse / recycling / intelligent use of resources, etc.).
The first two clauses are threshold conditions. The rest of the clauses serve as goals to strive for over time.
These criteria will also apply to future community gardens.To the top