CSDi Training for Individuals, Communities & Nonprofits
Start a Community Garden for Family Food & Nutrition.
Learn how-to start community gardens so at-risk-families can grow nutritious, fresh vegetables.
8 Weeks | Hands-On
How-to launch a program to start community gardens for at-risk families within your community.
The course will lead you through the development of a real community garden project, in real time, and leave you with the practical field tools to build and sustain it.
An 8-week, self-paced training program in launching a community garden project working in partnership with local community members. By the end of the 8 weeks, you will have facilitated a family nutrition workshop and planned, designed and planted a demonstration garden.
If you haven’t worked with urban community gardens before, YOU will learn how to plan, identify resources, build interest, start a community garden project, and plant food.
You will learn about:
Learn by doing. This hands-on training course is for actually launching a community garden project.
In 8 weeks, you will have met with at-risk families to better understand their needs, and their level of interest in urban community gardens. You will have identified land, partners, formed a planning committee and written an achievable plan that incorporates community interests.
You will be designing a community garden and planting food in a demonstration vegetable garden to both teach aspiring gardeners and begin building community interest.
For nonprofits, schools, churches and community groups:
You will receive weekly, step-by-step, hands-on assignments designed to move your project forward.
We will tailor your experience so that you will have the tools and gardening knowledge to teach practical small vegetable garden skills to individuals and families in your community.
Through this program, nonprofits have helped people in North America, Europe, Australia, and Great Britain participate in community gardening programs. The course will lead you through the development of similar, real projects, in real time, in your own community.
Work in a developing nation? If so, this sister course is a better match for you: Village Vegetable Gardens.
How to start your course? Enroll, login, scroll down and click on Welcome Students!
8 Weeks: Launch a real community garden project for healthy food.
Assignment timing is flexible.
Week 1. Overview of family food and nutrition.
Week 2. Survey community members about their levels of food security & nutrition.
Free Week. If you need to, this is a good time to catch up.
Week 3. Form a simple planning committee.
Week 4. Draft a step-by-step plan to begin and maintain the process. Incorporate community input.
Week 5. Identify a location and potential partners.
Free Week. If you need to, this is a good time to catch up.
Week 6. Design a workshop on small vegetable gardens in a demonstration local community garden.
Week 7. Prepare for the workshop on the demonstration garden.
Week 8. Lead the hands-on small vegetable garden garden workshop.
This is course is the first part of a four-course program on planning, funding, launching, and managing a local climate action plan for your community. The course will lead you through the design and launch of a similar, real project in your local community.
In this first course, you will work hand-in-hand with community members in developing a local climate action plan.
By the end of the 8 weeks, you will have designed a plan complete with climate change solutions that will work for your community’s climate change challenges. Your plan is in preparation for the second course of the program where you will develop a full set of donor documents to present for funding.
8 Weeks: Develop a real-life, local climate action plan.
Week 1. Complete enrollment, meet your teacher, and explore the course resources. You will then have the next 3 weeks for Assignment One.
Week 2 & 3. Conduct a climate change conversation with community members to understand their needs, personal interests—and strengths!
Week 4. Clearly define your community and its overall climate challenges.
Week 5. Learn how to solve the challenge using locally-focused climate change solutions.
Week 6. Make sure your plan will work by checking that your climate solutions have success stories that show a proven track record.
Week 7. Assemble a detailed outline for a local climate action plan in preparation for a donor presentation.
Week 8. Share your project with your community and with a donor for feedback.
Types of communities that you can help prepare for their climate challenges during your participation in this course:
The importance of community members. Every community has different climate challenges: location and size make each community unique. Designing solutions to climate challenges will need to be on a very local, human scale. Top-down plans won’t work.
Consequently, the most important people in designing, launching and maintaining climate action plans are the community members themselves. They know their unique climate challenges, they know potential solutions, and they know what they want for their community. They will become the owners of the plan.
8 Weeks | Course 1 of 4 | Hands-On
This is the first course of four-courses on planning, funding, launching, and managing a climate action plan with your community.
You will work hand-in-hand with community members in developing their plan.
The program is designed to help both experienced—and novice—climate change planners implement bold climate action plans for ensuring that communities are prepared for a changing climate.
In designing a successful climate action plan you will:
Learn by doing. This climate change program is for actually launching a climate change action plan with a real community. In 8 weeks you will design a plan complete with solutions for your community’s climate change challenges.
This is in preparation for the second course of the program where you will develop a full set of donor documents to present for funding.
Course participants have helped communities in North America, Europe, Australia, and Great Britain be prepared for local challenges magnified by global warming:
The course will lead you through the design and launch of a similar, real project in your local community.
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