From 2005 to 2007, staff at the Spartanburg Nutrition Council in Spartanburg, S.C., developed a training manual to assist communities interested in creating a youth and family gardening program.
The 34-page manual, entitled Growing a Healthier Community: Creating Your Own Community Garden Program, is designed to help participants overcome barriers to healthy eating, such as lack of availability and high cost of healthy foods in low-income neighborhoods. It is based on the project team's experience of managing a community gardening program in Spartanburg.
The manual is geared toward working with youth from ages 3 to 13 and can be sponsored and implemented by organizations such as churches, after-school programs, schools and neighborhood associations. It includes chapters on:
- Establishing a Community Garden Program
- Garden Training
- Grow Healthy
- Additional Activities