The mission of a garden team is to tend to the relationships among the many living things that make up our habitat.
Although it could take many forms, this outline of one possibility should be adequate to describe what we mean by “team gardening”. Think of a team as a group of people with different roles. A team could consist of:
5-10 Financial Supporters, gardening
8-16 Key Hole Beds;
and mulching/planting/harvesting as a team.
The beds could be in our community gardens or they could be in the yards of the participants. It would be similar to a CSA or NSA except that the team would be producing for the consumption of all the team members. For example, if 10 Financial Supporters each put in $100.00 and the Leader arranged for 16 10'x10' garden beds, there would be $1,000 to pay garden fees, buy seed and materials, etc. By coordinating their efforts, the team can produce more from the same space than 16 individual gardeners, with varying experience levels, each trying to fit a full season of crops into a single bed.
3 – 6 people can easily mulch, plant, and harvest 16 key hole beds (1600 square feet) using our Deep Mulch Gardening System. Sixteen key hole beds can produce substantially more than $100 worth of food for each of the participants at no financial cost to the people doing the work. Sharing the work makes the work that much more enjoyable.
To keep this plan in context:
The best thing any of us can do to help the environment is to find ways to produce what humans need through ecologically whole systems of production.
The best thing any of us can do to end poverty in the world is to develop systems of production in which anyone can participate.
We like the Leader/Learner idea because, as our Learners become Leaders, they can start their own teams – and convert more lawns into gardens – developing the capacity for our community to provide for itself – and healing our environment. Forming or joining a gardening team puts you on the path to developing Community Sufficiency Technologies.