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NAME AUTHOR PUBLICATION DATE
Starting a Community Garden in Hamilton – 10 Step Guide HCGN 2015
Community Garden Best Practices Toolkit: A Guide for Community Organizations in Newfoundland and Labrador Food Security Network of Newfoundland and Labrador 2011
Organic Gardening Guide Canada Organic Growers
Waterloo Community Garden Guide Community Garden Council of Waterloo Region 2007
Vancouver Community Garden Guide Urban Agriculture Site Development Group, UBC 2007
Toronto Community Gardening Resource Guide Toronto Community Housing 2007
Toronto Community Gardening Manual Toronto Community Housing 2007
Toronto Community Garden Handbook Toronto Community Food Animators 2008
I Heart My Patch: A Community Garden Leadership Handbook P-Patch Community Gardening Program
Dig In! Growing a Community: A Guide for Starting a Community Garden Ohio State University 2011
Community Gardening Toolkit University of Missouri
Gardener’s Welcome Packet University of Missouri
Twin Cities Community Garden Start-Up Guide Gardening Matters 2007
POLICY
NAME AUTHOR PUBLICATION DATE
Hamilton Community Gardens – Policy, Application, Liability, and Insurance Overview Stacey Currie – City of Hamilton 2015
Hamilton Community Gardening Policy Hamilton Public Works 2010
Ground Rules – Legal Toolkit for Community Gardens ChangeLab Solutions 2012
SAMPLE – Community Garden Policy and Procedures Kamloops Community Gardens
SAMPLE – Community Garden Rules Gardening Matters
SAMPLE – Garden Application and Rules
SAMPLE – Garden Membership Agreement and Waiver (p.28) Kingston Community Gardens
SAMPLE – Community Garden Contract
SAMPLE – Hill Street Community Garden Waiver Hill Street Community Garden
SAMPLE – Keith Garden Plot Agreement NHCHC
SAMPLE – Victoria Park Waiver and Release Victoria Park Community Garden
RESEARCH
NAME AUTHOR PUBLICATION DATE
Health Benefits of Urban Agriculture Bellows, Brown, & Smit
Gardens That Fit: Factors for Successful Community Gardens in Hamilton Jakob Wesley Van Dorp 2008
Growing Together: A Study of Community Garden Programs in Hamilton, Ontario Lauren Chewter
Benefits of Community Gardens N2N Centre
School Community Gardens – School Greening Report Saskatachewan School Board
Report for the Hamilton Community Garden Network Jeanne Mayo and Sarah Mayo 2008
Environmental Justice and the Development of a Community Garden Policy for Hamilton, ON Erika Solveig Jerme 2010
Growing the Community of Community Gardens – Research Contributions Cameron, Manhood, Pomfrett 2010
Community Gardens and Perceptions of Food Systems and Security in Hamilton Madeleine Bondy 2015
NAME AUTHOR PUBLICATION DATE
AODA Community Gardens for HCGN Clare Wagner 2015
Barrier-Free Community Gardening in Waterloo Region  Region of Waterloo Public Health
NAME AUTHOR PUBLICATION DATE
Sowing Seeds of Interest: A Guide to Promoting Your Garden Community Garden Council of Waterloo Region 2008
SOIL GUIDES + WEBSITES
NAME AUTHOR PUBLICATION DATE
Growing Gardens in Urban Soils  US Environmental Protection Agency 2011
Guide for Soil Testing in Urban Gardens Toronto Public Health 2013
Urban Gardening: Managing the Risks of Contaminated Soil Rebecca Kessler – Environmental Health Perspectives Journal 2013
McMaster University Test Your Dirt Program
Improving Soil Fertility  Canada Organic Growers 2004
Soil Contamination and Urban Agriculture  McGill University Research Group 2002
Soil Fertility and Organic Components of Soils  Introduction to Ecological Farming
Organic Fertilizers – What to Use With Which Plants  Toronto Master Gardners
COMPOST GUIDES
NAME AUTHOR PUBLICATION DATE
Backyard Composting in Hamilton – Users Guide  City of Hamilton
Compost Guide Canada Organic Growers
Compost Goes to School – Teacher’s Guide Composting Council of Canada 1995
Guide to Backyard Composting  Evergreen
Home Composting Guide  Renees Garden 2012
Compost for Your Organic Garden Toronto Master Gardeners
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Hamilton Seed Library
Seed Saving Overview for Common Vegetables High Mowing Organic Seed Co
A Guide to Seed Saving, Seed Stewardship, and Seed Sovereignty Seed Ambassadors Project 2010
Basic Seed Saving  Seeds of Diversity Canada
How To Seed Save The American Community Gardening Association 1997
How to Seed Save Vegetables  FoodShare Toronto 1988
Seed Saving – Step By Step  The Farmer’s Handbook
Vegetable Seed Saving  U of California 2008
NAME AUTHOR PUBLICATION DATE
Gardening Saftey Handout Health Canada 2010
Garden Saftey Tips  Health Canada 2005
Food Safety for School and Community Gardens  Boyer and Chapman 2013
Food Safety Tips for School Gardens  USDA 2015
Growing and Eating Fruit Safely  Department of Public Health 2014
Safely Using Compost Safely in Your Garden  Department of Environmental Health San Diego
Thinking About Safety In Community Gardens Australian Garden Network
Best Practices for Healthy Gardens  Cornell Waste Management Institute 2009
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 HCGN Annual Report 2014  HCGN  2015
 Helping Sick and Injured Animals in the Garden  HCGN  2015
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People Power HCGN 2015
Bulk Purchasing HCGN 2015
Zoning and City Policy HCGN 2015