TOPIC 2: Communication and education activities to address the local community

TOPIC 2: Communication and education activities to address the local community


Engaging the local community in a community garden requires effective communication and education activities. These initiatives are essential for promoting understanding, collaboration, and knowledge sharing, which ultimately contribute to the overall success and sustainability of the garden. This lesson summary aims to provide practical strategies and concrete examples for implementing communication and education initiatives within a community garden setting.

Engagement of the local community is essential to ensure the prosperity of a community garden. To achieve this, it is important to organize outreach events such as open houses, fairs, or gardening workshops to introduce the garden to the public. Collaborating with local schools, neighborhood associations, or community centers is also beneficial in spreading awareness about the garden’s activities and encouraging community involvement. Utilizing diverse communication channels, including social media platforms, local newspapers, and community notice boards, helps reach a broader audience and disseminate information effectively.

1. Workshops and Skill-Sharing

The provision of educational workshops and skill-sharing sessions can empower members of the garden community and the local neighborhood with gardening knowledge and practical skills. These workshops can cover various topics such as organic gardening techniques, composting, seed starting, or plant propagation. It is recommended to invite local gardening experts, horticulturists, or experienced gardeners to lead these workshops, ensuring they are interactive and hands-on so as to maximize participant engagement and learning.

Example: Conduct a series of workshops on sustainable gardening practices throughout the growing season. Cover topics like soil health, companion planting, to attract external visitors. A good example that can be found on our platform with the community gardens night. Example on the website with a good practice

2. Garden Demonstrations

Visual demonstrations within the community garden serve as effective tools for enhancing community’s understanding of gardening practices and techniques. By setting up demonstration plots that showcase various gardening methods, such as raised beds, vertical gardening, or companion planting, individuals can visually grasp the concepts more easily. It is advisable to include informative signs or labels that explain the benefits and step-by-step procedures involved in each gardening method, ensuring clarity and facilitating learning. An example could be the community garden nights mentioned earlier.

3. Open garden houses, garden tours and volunteer days

Facilitate garden tours and volunteer days to foster active community participation and cultivate a sense of ownership in the garden. Organize guided tours that provide insights into the garden’s layout, diverse plant varieties, and sustainable practices. During these tours, explain the significance of each element and highlight the garden’s unique features. Additionally, host volunteer days where participants can actively contribute to garden maintenance, planting, or harvesting activities, encouraging hands-on involvement and a shared sense of responsibility.

Example: Host a monthly garden tour, inviting community members to explore the garden and learn about its unique features and sustainable initiatives. Organize volunteer days during which individuals can join hands-on gardening tasks and gain practical experience. Link to the Community Walk Good practice :

4. Communication Channels

Create reliable communication channels to ensure the local community remains informed and engaged with the community garden. Set up a community bulletin board within the garden premises to display pertinent information, including upcoming workshops, gardening tips, and success stories, fostering easy access to information for all garden members, establish a website or blog where regular garden updates, resources, and gardening tips can be shared. Utilize popular social media platforms such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, TikTok, and others to post photos, announce events, and share educational content related to gardening. The lesson 3 about communication, in this module, will allow you to deepen your knowledge in this topic.


Effective communication and education activities play a vital role in engaging the local community in a community garden. Through community outreach, workshops, garden demonstrations, tours, volunteer days, and various communication channels, members of the local neighborhood can actively participate, learn, and contribute to the garden’s success. By implementing these strategies and providing concrete examples, community gardens can become thriving hubs of knowledge sharing and community.

Sources and resources

Gardeniser platform: Visited on 21/07/2023

Lloyd D and Paige K (2022) Learning science locally: Community gardens and our future. Front. Educ. 7:850016. doi: 10.3389/feduc.2022.850016 Visited on 21/07/2023…/NL-Gardens-Community.pdf Visited on 21/07/2023