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In order to create a space for learning, Going to the Garden has compiled a selection of resources on subjects of gardening, creation care, and food justice issues. Check out the links below!

How to Make Your Garden the Best It Can Be

Just getting started? Check out this Community Garden Checklist as a helpful resource to make sure you've got everything you need to be successful!

Cooperative extension offices are a great resource for gardens, especially those who are just beginning. They can often help with soil testing, providing Master Gardener certification, and other educational resources.

Find out your plant hardiness zone here. Knowing this zone will be helpful in purchasing the best plant types for your garden space.

Want to grow vegetables from seeds that are not genetically modified (non-GMO)? The Council for Responsible Genetics has a state-by-state list of companies who sell non-GMO seeds in the US.

Did you know that plants can have friends, just like people? When certain veggies are planted together, they can actually benefit one another. This link has free downloadable charts that show companion plants.

For a comprehensive guide on a large variety of fruits and vegetables, check out the Crop-by-Crop Guide to Growing Organic Vegetables and Fruits from Mother Earth News. It tells about the best planting practices, history of, and uses for all sorts of common garden crops.

Activity-based Learning

The SNAP Challenge—While the official challenge has passed, it is still possible to have the experience of what it's like to live on a food budget based entirely on SNAP benefits (formerly Food Stamps) which equates to about $33 per person per week. This challenge can provide the space to stand in solidarity with low income brothers and sisters while also opening a discussion for your congregation on what can be done about it.

Teaching Resources

The Life Lab has a collection of resources to teach children about the environmental value of gardening and creation care.

Green Heart Education is completely focused on how to create a garden experience for children and youth from ideas on different garden themes (i.e. what to grow for a pizza garden), what is easy for kids to grow, and how to get started on a new garden space.

Kid World Citizen has a collection of resources and lesson plans on teaching children about food security.

This Hunger and Poverty Factsheet from Feeding America has useful information about what poverty & food insecurity look like in the United States.

News About Community Gardening

Perspectives on Faith-based Gardening Initiatives:
sustainabletraditions.com/2010/04/creating-a-faith-based-community-garden
www.nwfoodnews.com/2010/05/03/god-in-garden

Benefits of Community Gardening:
www.popularresistance.org/hidden-benefits-of-community-gardens

Connections to Others in the Going to the Garden Program

Capstone is a non-profit in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans working to establish community gardens and orchards in order to help the community recover from the ongoing effects of Hurricane Katrina.

The West Charleston Church of the Brethren in Tipp City, Ohio has started a gardening blog to share about their experiences and knowledge gained from gardening.