Jackson Community Garden Initiative

 

Mission

To influence a healthy, vibrant, and educated urban gardening community built on a robust and diverse economy that is rooted in sustainable and ecological sound practices of production, distribution, and consumption.


Vision

The vision of the Jackson Community Garden Initiative is to create a network of community based urban gardens that are fostered by self-sufficiency and respect for the environment that will help rebuild and revitalize Jackson..

 

 

Goals:

  • To increase access to locally produced foods to address health and nutrition

    deficiencies in food desert communities

  • To strengthen and expand the existing gardening and educational sites

  • To empower, educate and provide communities with the knowledge necessary to design, implement and maintain gardens

  • To avidly promote proper nutrition and eating habits spreading the benefits of living healthy and consuming accessible affordable quality foods

 

Garden Sites:
 

  1. Capitol Street Garden

  2. Tougaloo Street Garden

  3. Tougaloo Community Center Garden

  4. Tougaloo College Garden

  5. Blair-Cohea Garden Initiative

  6. North Gate Community Garden

  7. The Galloway Elementary School Garden

  8. Poindexter Elementary Learning Garden

  9. Lake Elementary Learning Garden

  10. Blackburn Middle School Learning Garden

  11. Wingfield Agriculture George Washington Carver Garden

  12. Eastview Street Community Garden

  13. New Hope Church Garden

  14. Rosemont Community Orchard

  15. Fresh Start Community Garden

  16. Buddy Butts Garden

  17. Davis Magnet Elementary Garden

  18. Westside Community Garden

 

Joining The Jackson Community Garden Initiative

 

Any interested citizen or organization can develop a garden. There must be a minimum of 10 committed members before applying to become a part of The Jackson Community Garden Initiative. There will be a maximum of 7 gardens developed each year, one per ward, depending upon interest. A waiting list will be maintained for those who want to become a part of the JCGI. Before gardens are developed there are several processes, procedures and steps that must be taken:

 

  1. Conduct a garden project survey – allows you to find out if there is interest in the area for a garden

  2. The site must be identified (Is it private, state or city-owned?)

  3. Get permission to use the site

  4. Know the duration of lots (what will it be turned to in future)

  5. Connect with or develop a land trust – so gardens may not get lost to development projects

  6. Find resources for your garden – assets the garden may have

  7. Conduct a site analysis – this will include water sources, will you use neighbors and reimburse?

  8. Design the garden layout – incorporate ways to make it sustainable (solar panels, rain barrels etc…)

  9. Find funding sources – for equipment, supplies, tools etc…

  10. Develop garden guidelines/rules – each garden will have their own unique rules

  11. Recruit new members and volunteers

  12. Decide when kickoff event will take place – plan details of event

  13. Confirm admittance to the garden program

  14. Begin your first planting

  15. Continual garden maintenance and harvesting

 

A garden will be forfeited if The Jackson Community Garden Initiative policies are violated.  A garden can be retained for growing season while in disuse.

 

Waiting List

 

Residents must contact the Keep Jackson Beautiful in order to be put on the waiting list to assist with developing gardens.

 

How Our Waitlist Works:

  • The Jackson Community Garden Initiative will develop 7 gardens 1 per each ward yearly depending on interest.

  • Individuals/organizations must complete an application and are placed on the waitlist by the date of their request.

  • Open garden plots/lots are filled each spring and as they become available throughout the year, with the next person on the waitlist.

  • We will contact waitlisted gardeners each spring with an update and additional garden opportunities.

  • The Keep Jackson Beautiful will identify at least one site yearly to develop a garden, be it city property, community center or park, depending upon interest.

  • It  will take approximately 1 – 3 months the acquire city property for a community garden the process is as follows (for private or state  property it may take even longer):

    • Property must be applied for in the form of an surplus property application

    • Surplus committee must vote in favor of disposal of the property

    • Global email is sent out to the entire City to ensure no department needs said property before disposal

    • An appraisal or newspaper advertisement must be done 

    • Price from Appraisal and/or Advertisement of Bid is accepted

    • City Council Accepts the Appraisal and/or Bid

    • Quit Claim Deed is Drafted by City Legal

    • Property is conveyed to individual

    • Property Deed is filed in court and individual pays the $12 filing fee

    • Neighbor's First Program

 

Tools to get your organization on the way for a successful garden:

 

Organizer's Toolkit
Garden Interest Form
Application (Hard Copy)
Garden Report Form
Adopt-a-Garden Application (For Businesses and Churches)