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Creating a Community Through Gardens is a Course

Creating a Community Through Gardens

0.1 credits

$72 Enroll

Full course description

Course summary:

This course walks you through the steps of taking a community garden from an idea to a reality over the course of the year. You will learn what you need to start a community garden, how to build partnerships with agencies and community leaders, and how to construct a community garden site.

Course objectives:

After completing this course, learners should be able to:

  • Understand how to form a community garden.
  • Articulate best practices for constructing a community garden program in your agency.

Recommended background:

This course is designed with parks and recreation managers and staff in mind, but anybody could benefit from this introduction to community gardening.

Course creators:

This course was designed and developed by the Eppley Center for Parks and Public Lands at Indiana University.

Course topics include:

  • Community Gardens Background
  • Organizing Community Gardens
  • Picking a Site
  • Building a Garden
  • Fundraising
  • Rules and Bylaws

Elements of the course:

  • Informational text
  • Interactive lessons
  • Supplemental reference materials
  • Final assessment

This course is self-paced, allowing learners the flexibility to complete the course as quickly or slowly as they need.

After completing all course content and activities, you will complete a final quiz to demonstrate your understanding of key course concepts. Upon successful completion of the quiz, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.

How to access:

Upon enrolling, you will receive instructions and the link to the Canvas course. Note: When you register, you will receive an email invitation. Be sure to accept that invitation, or Canvas will not allow you to open the course modules.

Enrollees can move through content modules at their own pace within the course timeframe.


Length: Self-paced


Eppley Center for Parks and Public Lands


Credit: 0.1 CEU


Audience: Anyone working in parks, recreation, or public lands