This training has already happened!!! but, the details of what took place are below. We will be hosting a similar training again next season.

introducing a new kind of community garden: The Sharing Garden

Thanks to the support of the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, Urban Roots is hosting a full day of training for individuals, community organizations, schools, and nonprofits to learn about a new model for Community and Educational gardens which can operate in long standing success called the Sharing Garden.

  • Where - Blandford Nature Center

  • When - Friday April 13th, 2018

  • Time - 9am - 4:30pm (optional happy hour to follow)



Year round, Urban Roots receives questions and requests for support from community and school gardens who are struggling with similar issues:

  • Developing opportunities for community engagement
  • Keeping up with garden maintenance and irrigation
  • Knowing what to grow when
  • Keeping gardens full of food and using space efficiently
  • Keeping participants engaged throughout the entire season
  • Knowing what to do with the food that is grown (especially when there is surplus)

Community and Educational gardens are a beautiful and inspiring notion and it's easy to imagine the benefits of people coming together to till, plant, cultivate and harvest. Yet, despite the excitement and enthusiasm that these projects start with, an enormity of challenges await organizational gardens that are often not anticipated and garden projects can become burdens falling on the shoulders of one or two people.


Sharing Garden Model

The "Sharing Garden" model for community and educational gardens focuses on people doing the work together, sharing the harvest, developing real relationships, and having fun while doing it. We believe that this model can change shared garden spaces in Grand Rapids for the better; growing more food, with less work, and cultivating true communities of people working side by side. Healthy food, fellowship, and place-making are just a few benefits!

you can expect to

  • Leave knowing how to apply the Sharing Garden model to your site
  • Feel empowered to move past the common challenges facing community gardening initiatives
  • Receive the support and education necessary to start a community or educational garden that will operate in long standing success
  • Learn strategies to cultivate a core garden community and to get neighbors and community members involved
  • Learn methods and strategies to grow more food in less space and with less work
  • Receive planting and seed starting schedules that can be adapted to your garden so you know about timing your garden space
  • Receive tons of resources and recommendations for tools and materials
  • Network with other like-minded people and cultivate a city wide network of people doing similar food growing projects
  • Be able to ask a LOT of questions in an open-minded and fun atmosphere
  • Eat a delicious, plant based, locally sourced lunch

Urban Roots will help break down and address the common problems of small scale, community based gardens and teach effective ways to set up, develop, promote, and cultivate successful shared garden spaces.



Each registration includes -

  • Full day attendance
  • A copy of the Sharing Garden Manual
  • A copy of "The Sustainable Vegetable Garden" (a book we love!)
  • A delicious, plant based, mindfully sourced lunch
  • Coffee and beverages during the day

Cost : $125.00/person $75/Student registration

***If your organization is or is going to be a formal 2018 Mobile Classroom partner, please reach out to for a promo code before you register***