“Joy’s timely handbook is about organizing people as well as planting produce, and the sustainable satisfaction of raising one’s own food.” — Publisher’s Weekly, Best Books of 2014

Start a Community Food Garden: The Essential Handbook

Paperback – December 30, 2014 | by LaManda Joy

Community gardening enhances the fabric of towns and cities through social interactions and accessibility to fresh food, creating an enormously positive effect in the lives of everyone it touches. LaManda Joy, the founder of Chicago’s Peterson Garden Project and a board member of the American Community Gardening Association, has worked in the community gardening trenches for years and brings her knowledge to the wider world in Start a Community Food Garden. This hardworking guide covers every step of the process: fundraising, community organizing, site sourcing, garden design and planning, finding and managing volunteers, and managing the garden through all four seasons. A section dedicated to the basics of growing was designed to be used by community garden leaders as an educational tool for teaching new members how to successfully garden.

Fearless Food Gardening in Chicagoland – A Month-by-month Growing Guide for Beginners

Paperback – 2013 | by LaManda Joy and Teresa Gale

Do you dream of succulent tomatoes, fresh basil, the aroma of freshly snipped chives, or the heft of a homegrown squash or melon? Grow these dreams into reality! With the help of Fearless Food Gardening in Chicagoland: A Month-by-Month Growing Guide for Beginners, a new book from Chicago-based nonprofit Peterson Garden Project, you can successfully grow your own food in your backyard, patio pot, or community garden plot. Whether you?re a well-practiced green thumb or a gardening novice, with others or solo, Fearless Food Gardening will ensure your experience goes smoothly and deliciously, with its monthly, easy-to-follow, and handily illustrated tutorial on gardening all year round in Chicago.

“We can grow it!”


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