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Anyone Can Contribute to

Community Garden the Community Garden

Inventory1 If you wish to contribute to the
Community Garden Inventory on your
Overview own or with a group of adults, go direct-
In the Community Garden Inventory, you ly to the short, illustrated version of the
interview gardeners and make observations Community Garden Inventory (called
as you walk through the garden. Through Garden Hike) following this overview,
this “garden hike,” you learn about what and then to the Community Garden
plants are growing, what structures are Inventory forms on the Garden Mosaics
present, and what activities take place in the website or at the end of this chapter. You
garden. Then you share your findings on the
may also want to read more about the
Garden Mosaics website.
research objectives of the Community
The Community Garden Inventory is an Garden Inventory in this chapter. The
important database for the future of rest of the information in this chapter is
community gardens. It provides primarily for conducting the Community
information on the locations, uses, and Garden Inventory with a group of youth.
benefits of community gardens in
neighborhoods throughout the world. Conducting the Community
Students, researchers, community
planners, and organizations working to Garden Inventory with Youth
support community gardens will be able We have included in this chapter the
to use the information. Each Community following information for conducting the
Garden Inventory Form is posted online, Community Garden Inventory with
thus making the information available to youth: inquiry and content learning
anyone who wants to learn more about objectives, assessment ideas, and
these unique gardens. comprehensive instructions. Note that
Garden Mosaics is very interested in for conducting this activity with youth,
Community Garden Inventories from we sometimes use the name “Garden
other countries besides the US. If you Hike” rather than Community Garden
prefer to submit a Community Garden Inventory.
Inventory Form in a language other than If you want to contribute data to the
English, please contact us at online Community Garden Inventory (we can database, you will need to conduct this
respond to inquiries in Spanish, French, i⋅m⋅science investigation in a community
Arabic, Russian, German, and other garden. Community gardens are
languages). We will work with you to common in many large cities, and small
translate the questions into your cities often have one or more community
language, and to post your Community gardens. You also may find a community
Garden Inventory in the original garden at an apartment complex,
language and in English. retirement home, or church, synagogue,
temple, or mosque. Some school gardens
involve neighborhood adults and thus
can be considered community gardens.
School and home gardening and other
youth programs may want to conduct the
Community Garden Inventory as a one-
time field trip to a community garden.
If you do not plan to contribute to the
Community Garden Inventory, feel free
to conduct this i⋅m⋅science investigation in
any garden with a willing,
knowledgeable, and enthusiastic
gardener. In home gardens, the focus
may be more on the plants and less on
In some Garden Mosaics materials, the
Community Garden Inventory is called the Garden the structures and activities that take
Hike. place in the garden.


The Garden Hike is a “mobile interview.” You You will join people all over North America
will interview gardeners as you walk through gathering information for the online
the garden. Community Garden Inventory. Together you
During the
Garden Hike, you
can help us understand why community
will ask questions gardens are important to people.
about things that
interest you in
the garden.

Have people
built anything What do
What plants are
in the garden? people do in
growing in the
garden? the garden?
✔ copy of Community Garden
Inventory Form
✔ 3x5 inch cards or paper to
write your questions on
✔ pencils
Don’t forget
✔ clipboards drinks and
✔ cameras (optional) snacks!


Background Research Generate Questions Practice Interviewing
✔ Read about community gardens on ✔ Brainstorm a list of questions that ✔ Review interviewing skills on the
the Garden Mosaics website. Also go you think are important to ask website and practice interviewing
to the Community Garden Inventory gardeners. with your friends.
Database on the Garden Mosaics ✔ Look at the online Community ✔ Decide what everyone is going to
website and read about some other Garden Inventory Form. Make sure do during the interview in the
gardens. to include the questions you need garden.
✔ Discuss with your friends why you answered to fill in the form on your
think community gardens are list.
important. May I take
the photos?

What do we want I’ll take notes,

to learn about? if you like.
Who will
introduce us to
the gardeners?
Why do you
think the Who will tell the
community gardeners what we
garden is want to do?
important? We have to make
sure all the
✔ Talk to your questions from the
group leader or Community Garden
read the Inventory Form
Garden Mosaics are answered.
Manual about We could write our questions
gardener on 3x5 cards so each person How should we end
permission has their own questions to ask. the interview?

Garden Mosaics is funded by the National Science Foundation Informal Science Education program, and by
the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University.

WHAT TO DO...AT THE GARDEN ✔ Begin at one end

of the garden and
walk through the
garden with the
gardeners. As you
walk, ask
✔ Introduce questions from
yourselves and your checklist.
the activity to the
✔ Tell them about
the Garden Hike.

✔ Also ask questions about what you see and

about things that seem to be important to the

✔ Don’t be afraid to
ask questions
about things you
don’t understand
or want to learn
more about. The
gardeners will be
excited to know
that you are
interested in what
they do!

✔ Thank the
Would you gardeners before
like to share you leave.
✔ Observe things, take our snack?
photos, and jot
down notes about
what you see. ✔ Before you leave,
make sure you
have answered
all of the
questions on
your checklist
and on the
Garden Inventory


Share online
Review findings ✔ Write down the answer to each
✔ Discuss the visit to the community garden. Talk about question on the Community Garden
what you learned about the community garden. Inventory Form. Then enter your
What did you not data onto the online form.
What did we learn about the
people and plants in the garden? understand?

Why might these What might Learn more

gardens be you want to ✔ Check out the online Science
learn more Pages. Click on any pages that
important to
might help you to understand more
neighborhoods? about?
about what you learned.

Garden Mosaics is funded by the National Science Foundation Informal Science Education program, and by
the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University.
Community Garden Inventory Community Garden Inventory
Research Science Learning
The Community Garden Inventory is a
Research Objective great opportunity for youth to learn
To compile baseline information about about two aspects of science:
community gardens from around the • Inquiry, or “doing science,” and
world that will be shared through the • Content, which includes facts and
online Community Garden Inventory. concepts.
Research Questions Inquiry
• What types of plants are growing in If you follow the instructions for
the community garden? conducting the Community Garden
• What structures (for example, casitas, Inventory i⋅m⋅science investigation, youth
compost bins) are present in the will learn the following inquiry skills.
• What activities take place in the Inquiry Learning Objectives
garden? Youth will:
• Define questions to ask the gardener.
Why is the Community Garden • Apply interview skills to learn about
Inventory Research Important? the garden.
Community gardens are important places • Apply observational skills to learn
for people and their communities. People about the garden.
grow food, meet and talk with friends, • Synthesize information they gather
play games, relax, enjoy nature, exercise, onto a data form.
and watch concerts and other cultural • Submit their data electronically.
events in community gardens. Many
gardens host educational tours and Content
workshops. People who help plan and You can use the Garden Mosaics Science
manage the gardens often gain valuable Pages to help the youth learn more about
skills in community organizing. In many the plants and concepts they encounter in
urban neighborhoods, these may be the the garden. For example, if the youth find
only sites where people are able to enjoy gardeners growing collards and want to
know more about them, you can refer to
these activities and learn these skills.
the Collards Science Page. If you
Community gardens are on land that is anticipate unfamiliar concepts or terms
owned by a public or private landowner. will come up during the Community
In some cases, the landowner has to Garden Inventory, you can have the
weigh the benefits of preserving the youth read and conduct the activities on
garden versus building more housing or the relevant Science Pages before going to
stores, or other land uses. The more the garden.
information we have about the role You can also use “teachable moments” in
gardens serve in communities, the better the garden to explain unfamiliar concepts
decisions we can make about preserving to the youth. For example, if the gardener
them. talks about a compost pile, you may need
to explain what compost is. Also
Baseline information about gardens also
encourage the youth to ask follow-up
is useful to scientists who conduct questions about what they see. For
research on urban gardens. Researchers example, the gardeners may point out a
from an array of disciplines work in water collection system. Encourage the
community gardens, including youth to ask the gardeners to explain
sociologists, anthropologists, nutri- how the system works and how they
tionists, soil scientists, and agricultural water the plants.
scientists. Their research interests are
varied and include food security, urban With your guidance and using the
migration, and soil contamination. Science Pages, you can expect youth
conducting the Community Garden
Inventory to learn the following content.
Content Learning Objectives
Youth will learn about:
• Plants, structures, and activities that
take place in the garden.
• Physical, biological, and ecological
science concepts related to the plants.

Community Garden Inventory Assessment

Inquiry Learning Objectives Evidence of Learning

Youth will: The list of interview questions that youth

create and notes from the interview
• Define questions to ask the gardener.
planning discussion are evidence of
• Apply interview skills to learn about the youth’s ability to define questions.
• Apply observational skills to learn about Written notes and the completed
the garden. Community Garden Inventory form are
evidence that youth were able to apply
• Synthesize information they gather onto a their interview skills and synthesize the
data form. information gathered.
• Submit their data form electronically.

Content Learning Objectives Evidence of Learning

Youth will learn about: The initial discussion about community

gardens should give you an idea of what
• Plants, structures, and activities that
youth know about community gardens prior
take place in the garden. to the Community Garden Inventory.
• Physical, biological, and ecological
science concepts related to the plants. The completed Community Garden
Inventory form and photos taken by youth
provide a summary of the information youth
collected about garden plants, structures,
and activities.

The puzzles and other activities on the

Science Pages help to assess youth learning
about specific concepts.
Additional Assessment Tools Garden calendar
Youth can use the information collected
during the Community Garden Inventory
To generate a summary of what youth
to create a calendar of events taking
and other participants did, record
place in the garden. They can include
number of:
dates of planting and harvest for
• youth participants,
different crops, and social, cultural,
• gardeners who participate and name
recreational, and educational activities. A
of garden,
completed calendar provides evidence of
• educators or volunteers who
the youths’ ability to synthesize the
participate and their affiliation.
information gained from the activity, as
Also save the list of interview questions,
well as learning about the activities that
notes from the hike, and a copy of the
take place in the garden.
completed Community Garden
Inventory form
form. Garden map
Have youth use what they learn to make
Notes and photos a map of the garden. They can show the
This will help you remember important gardeners’ plots, what’s growing,
learning moments during the activity. watering systems, compost piles, tool
• During the hike and interviews, sheds, casitas, picnic tables, and so on.
notice the youths’ interview skills The completed map provides evidence of
and interactions with the gardeners
gardeners. learning about plants, planting practices,
Are they able to obtain the and the community aspects of the
information needed to complete the garden. The map can be laminated and
inventory form? Do they ask follow- posted in the garden or community
up questions? Do they ask new center, or added to a scrapbook.
questions based on their own interest
in a particular aspect of the garden?
• Use a camera to document the hike
and interview(s). You may already be
using a camera to take photos of
plants and structures in the garden,
but you can also take pictures of the
youth as they conduct the activity.
Conducting the Community Procedure
Before Meeting with Youth
Garden Inventory (Garden
1. Conduct this i⋅m⋅science investigation
Hike) with Youth with gardeners who are dynamic
Time Required and knowledgeable and who enjoy
• Before meeting with youth: 1-2 hrs interacting with youth. The garden
• Preparing the youth for the manager is often the best person for
Community Garden Inventory: 1-2 this activity.
hrs 2. The ratio of youth to gardeners
• Conducting the Community Garden should be no greater than 6:16:1. This
Inventory: 2 hrs allows all the youth to have an
• Discussing and entering the data: 2 important role asking questions and
hrs taking notes, and ensures that
Product everyone can hear the gardener. If
Youth will compile their results and you have more than six youth, you
contribute them to the online Community may want to divide into groups, each
Garden Inventory database. group interviewing a different
Materials gardener.
For each youth 3. Contact the garden manager or
• Clipboards, paper, and pencils other knowledgeable gardeners to
• Copy of Community Spirit Makes arrange the visit. Discuss the Garden
Garden Magic available at <http:// Mosaics project with them. Be sure to describe your group and explain your
chicago/news/ purpose for coming to the garden.
Communitygarden.htm> Arrange a time for the youth to
• Copy of History of Community conduct the Community Garden
Gardens Science Page Inventory.
• Copy of Community Garden 4. You may need to arrange for a
Inventory Form translator if the gardener speaks
• 3x5 inch cards (optional) another language. Some of the youth
For entire group or a volunteer in your group may
• Camera and film, or digital camera share a language with the gardeners
• Computer with Internet and be able to translate.
• Copies of Gardener Permission Form 5. Ask for permission to photograph
(Section VII) the gardeners and garden. Also ask
• Photo Guidelines (Section VII) for permission to use the photos on
• Drinks and snacks the Garden Mosaics website. Have the
gardeners sign the Gardener
Permission Form (Section VII).
6. Decide which concepts the youth
need to go over before conducting
the Community Garden Inventory. If
the youth are familiar with
gardening, they should have enough
background to ask good questions
and make good observations. Some
youth may need to read the Science
Pages and conduct some of the
learning activities on the back of
these pages before conducting the
Community Garden Inventory.
Preparing Youth for the Community know the information they collect
Garden Inventory during the Community Garden
1. Lead a discussion on community Inventory will be used for two
gardens. Ask the youth: purposes. The first is to provide data
• Have you ever visited or seen a on community gardens for the online
community garden? Community Garden Inventory
• What are community gardens? database. The second is to help them
• What are the differences and learn about the gardeners’ interests
similarities between a home and concerns so that they can plan
garden and a community garden? their Action Project. If you or your
2. Have the youth do some background group has already decided on a focus
reading and discuss what they readread. for the Action Project, discuss with
Below are some suggested readings the youth what questions they might
along with some discussion ask the gardeners to help plan the
questions. project.
Community Spirit Makes Garden 5. Guide the youth through a
Magic brainstorming session to develop a
• What activities take place in checklist of questions to ask the
community gardens? gardeners
gardeners. The questions should
• Why might community gardens cover the items on the Community
be important to gardeners? Garden Inventory Form as well as
• Why might these gardens be other items the youth are curious
important to the community? about. Share the data form with the
History of Community Gardens youth and make sure that all the
Science Page questions on the form are on their
• How has the purpose of list. Remind the youth that the
community gardens changed over information they collect during the
time? Community Garden Inventory will be
• What are some of the main used to help plan their Action Project,
differences between early so they want to include questions
community gardens and ones about the gardeners’ concerns.
created in the last 20-30 years?
3. Have the youth access the
Community Garden Inventory
i⋅m⋅science database on the Garden
Mosaics website and read over some
of the existing descriptions of
4. Remind the youth about the Action
Project, which will involve doing a
project to benefit the gardeners and
the neighborhood. Let the youth
Questions the youth will need to answer 6. Before conducting the interview, the
to fill in the online Community Garden youth should write all the interview
Inventory Form include: questions on 3x5 inch cards or other
• What is the name of the garden? paper so that they don’t forget any
• What is the address of the garden? questions. Encourage the youth to
• What type of community garden is it? ask questions in addition to those on
(community center, neighborhood, the list, especially if they don’t
public housing, senior center or understand something or are curious
housing complex, school, church, to learn more about what the
other)? gardener is saying.
• Who owns the garden? (city, private, 7. Review interviewing skills with the
land trust, other non-profit, other)? youth
youth. These skills include interview
• How many members does the garden politeness (for example, shaking
have? hands, eye contact), question asking,
• Who founded the garden (city note taking, and listening.
agency, Cooperative Extension, non-
profit, residents, other)?
• When was the garden started?
• What was on the site before it was
turned into a garden (abandoned
building, park, vacant lot, yard,
• What types of plants are present
(flowers, fruits, herbs, shrubs, trees,
vegetables, other)? (Submitting a list
of garden plants is optional.)
• What structures are present in the
garden (bench, casita, compost pile or
bin, fence, mural, notice board for
community events, picnic table, play
equipment, shed, water collection
system, water access, other)?
• What activities take place in the
garden (social and cultural,
educational, community organizing)?
• What cultures and ethnic groups are
present in the garden?
• What languages are spoken in the
8. If needed, have the youth practice
their interview skills
skills. Divide the
youth into pairs (try to place youth
together who do not know each other
well). Explain that the purpose of this
activity is to practice interviewing
skills—including polite and
respectful behavior, asking
questions, listening, and
summarizing and presenting what
you learn. You may want to suggest a
set of topics that the youth are
familiar with for a practice interview
(for example, place of birth, favorite
activities, the best time they ever had)
or allow the youth to brainstorm the
questions. Have them write down
their questions before the interview.
Remind them to take notes, as they
will present what they learned about
their interview partner to the group.
After they present the results of their
interviews, have a discussion. Ask
the youth:
• Do you feel ready to interview a 10. Lead the group in a discussion of the
gardener? importance of observations
observations. Ask
• What might be different about
them to brainstorm a list of things
interviewing a gardener
they want to look for. Have them
compared to interviewing
decide on how they will take notes on
someone your own age?
their observations.
9. Help the group plan how they want 11. The day before the scheduled
to carry out the interview.
interview To keep interview, remember to call the
the youth involved, it is important for gardener(s) to confirm
each youth to be responsible for a 12. If possible, distribute cameras for the
particular task throughout the group to use during their
activity (this may mean that some Community Garden Inventory. They
youth have more than one role). Help should take photos for submission to
the youth decide: the Garden Mosaics website following
• Who will introduce the group and the Photo Guidelines (Section VII).
the activity to the gardeners?
• Who will be the note takers? Conducting the Community Garden
• How will they make sure that all Inventory
the questions that they have 1. Begin the Community Garden
brainstormed are answered? Inventory at one end of the garden
• Who will help keep the and walk through the garden with
conversation focused? (Should the gardeners.
they let the gardener talk about 2. As they walk with the gardeners,
other things? Why might it be the youth should ask questions from
important to let the gardener talk their checklist. They also should ask
freely? How much should they
questions about what interests them
interrupt to get back to their
and about things that seem to be of
particular importance to the
• How should they end the
3. You may need to encourage the After the Community Garden Inventory
youth to ask follow-up questions
questions. In 1. Compile y our results and enter them
some cases, you will have to follow up online
online. Review each question on the
on what the gardeners say or what Community Garden Inventory Form
you observe yourself. For example, a with the youth. Based on their notes,
rain barrel or spigot may lead to the group should write down the
questions about watering. Seeing a answer to each question. If they have
gardener using fertilizer can lead to access to the Internet, the group can
questions about soils. A fence may fill out the online Community Garden
bring up issues of vandalism, Inventory Form on the Garden
whereas a mural or ornamental tree Mosaics website. If your group
can lead to a discussion of the garden cannot directly enter their data onto
as a beautiful spot. And a casita or the website, have them use a paper or
other building can lead to questions electronic file copy of the form, and
about what sorts of activities occur in email or send it to the address on the
the garden. Also encourage the youth form. If it is not feasible for the youth
to use the Community Garden to fill out the form, please fill it out
Inventory as an opportunity to ask yourself.
questions about any concerns the 2. Discuss the visit to the community
gardeners might have, such as soil garden with the youth.
youth Ask the
contamination or insect pests. youth:
4. As the gardeners talk about their •What did they learn about the
plants and planting practices, use community garden?
any “teachable moments” to explain • What activities take place in the
to the youth science concepts related garden?
to what they are seeing
seeing. For • What plants are growing?
example, seeing beans growing next • How are the plants grown?
to amaranth may prompt a discussion • Why might these gardens be
of how some plants add nitrogen to important to neighborhoods?
the soil, possibly helping other plants • What did they learn on the visit
to grow. Seeing shade from nearby that they would like to follow up
multi-storied buildings may prompt a on?
discussion of the importance of light • What did they not understand?
to plants. Having the gardeners talk 3. Use the relevant Science Pages to
about adding lime to the soil provides help the youth understand or learn
an opportunity to talk about pH. more about what they saw in the
5. Encourage the youth also to take garden
photos, make observations, and jot 4. Discuss the interviews and
down notes about what they see. observations
observations. Ask the youth:
6. When your group has finished • What did they think of
touring the garden with the interviewing?
gardeners, make sure they have • What would help them to do
answered all of the questions on the another interview?
Community Garden Inventory Form • What other questions might they
before they leave the garden
garden. ask?
7. Have the youth thank the gardeners • What kinds of observations did
before they leave and later with a they make?
follow-up note. • What else might they want to
observe during a future visit to
the garden?
Garden Mosaics
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Garden Name:

Garden Address:
(include street and number if available, or nearest cross streets if number not known)


State/Province: Zip/Postal Code:


Name of Youth Program:

Name of Adult Contact:

Email address of Adult Contact:

Check here if you do NOT want your contact name and email address posted with your
Garden Inventory Form on our website.

Garden Inventory Author(s) (if different than above):

Website Address (optional ) :

Name(s) of Gardener(s) Interviewed:

Date of Interview
Month: Day: Year:

Number of participants involved in Garden Inventory:

Adult Educators/Volunteers
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Garden Mosaics Garden Inventory Form1
1) Type of Community Garden
Check one box
‰ Church, Synagogue, Temple, or ‰ Senior Center/Senior Housing Complex
Mosque ‰ School
‰ Community Center ‰ Other (please describe)
‰ Neighborhood
‰ Public Housing ‰ Information not available

2) Who owns the garden?

Check one box
‰ City ‰ Other (please describe)
‰ Private (for example, apartment or
individual home owner) ‰ Information not available
‰ Land Trust
‰ Other non-profit organization
(please give name of organization)

3) Number of people
3a) How many gardeners are active in the garden during the growing season?
Check one box
‰ 2-10 ‰ 26-50 ‰ 101-150 ‰ Over 200
‰ 11-25 ‰ 51-100 ‰ 151-200 ‰ Other (please note)
‰ Information not available

3b) About how many people visit the garden each year?
Check one box
‰ 1-50 ‰ 100-200 ‰ 500-1000 ‰ No visitors
‰ 50-100 ‰ 200-500 ‰ Over 1000 ‰ Other (please note)
‰ Information not available

4) Who founded the garden?

Check one or more box
‰ City Agency ‰ Other (please note)
‰ Cooperative Extension
‰ Non-profit organization ‰ Information not available
‰ Residents in neighborhood
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Garden Mosaics Garden Inventory Form1
5) When was the garden started?
Check one box
‰ Pre-1950 ‰ 1982 ‰ 1988 ‰ 1994 ‰ 2000
‰ 1950-1965 ‰ 1983 ‰ 1989 ‰ 1995 ‰ 2001
‰ 1966-1970 ‰ 1984 ‰ 1990 ‰ 1996 ‰ 2002
‰ 1971-1975 ‰ 1985 ‰ 1991 ‰ 1997 ‰ 2003
‰ 1976-1980 ‰ 1986 ‰ 1992 ‰ 1998 ‰ After 2003
‰ 1981 ‰ 1987 ‰ 1993 ‰ 1999
‰ Information not available

6) What was on the site before it was turned into a garden?

Check one box
‰ Abandoned building ‰ Other (please describe)
‰ Park
‰ Vacant lot ‰ Information not available
‰ Yard

7) Plants
Check all boxes that apply.
‰ Flowers ‰ Vegetables
‰ Fruits ‰ Other (please describe)
‰ Herbs
‰ Shrubs ‰ Information not available
‰ Trees

8) Plant List (Optional). Submit a list of plants in the garden. See pages 7-10.

9) Structures
Check all boxes that apply
‰ Bench or sitting area ‰ Play area or play equipment for children
‰ Compost pile or bin ‰ Shed
‰ Covered shelter (for example, casita, ‰ Water collection system (barrels)
‰ Educational Signs ‰ Water access (for example, faucet,
‰ Fence hoses from hydrant)
‰ Mural ‰ Other (please describe)
‰ Notice board for community events
‰ Picnic table ‰ Information not available
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Garden Mosaics Garden Inventory Form1
10) Garden Activities
10a) Social and cultural activities in the garden
Check all boxes that apply
‰ Barbecues or potluck meals ‰ Plays or puppet shows (theater)
‰ Children playing ‰ Religious activities or celebrations
‰ Concerts ‰ Sporting events
‰ Dances ‰ Weddings
‰ Gardeners chatting and sharing stories ‰ Other (please describe)

‰ Gardeners playing games (for

example, cards, pokeno)
‰ No social and cultural activities
‰ Parties ‰ Information not available

10b) Educational activities in the garden

Check all boxes that apply
‰ Art classes ‰ Other (please describe)
‰ Nature education
‰ Tours for school children ‰ No educational activities
‰ Workshops or classes on gardening ‰ Information not available
for gardeners
‰ Workshops or classes on gardening
for the public

10c) Community organizing in the garden

Check all boxes that apply
‰ Community meetings ‰ Workshops on community organizing
‰ Fundraising events ‰ Other (please describe)
‰ Health clinics
‰ Protests ‰ No community organizing activities
‰ Voter drives ‰ Information not available

11) Ethnic groups and cultures represented by the gardeners (Optional)

11a) US ethnicities (Optional)
Check all boxes that apply
‰ African-American ‰ Native American
‰ Asian-American ‰ Other (please describe)
‰ European-American
‰ Hispanic-American ‰ Information not available
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Garden Mosaics Garden Inventory Form1

11b) Immigrant cultures (Optional)

Check all boxes that apply
‰ African ‰ Middle Eastern
‰ Asian ‰ Russian and former Soviet Republics
‰ Caribbean (for example, Ukraine)
‰ Central or South American ‰ Other (please describe)
‰ European
‰ Mexican ‰ Information not available

12) Languages spoken by the gardeners (Optional)

Check all boxes that apply
‰ Arabic ‰ Japanese
‰ Chinese ‰ Korean
‰ Creole ‰ Portuguese
‰ English ‰ Russian
‰ French ‰ Spanish
‰ German ‰ Other (please note)
‰ Hindi
‰ Hmong ‰ Information not available
‰ Italian

Please send us several photos for display on the website with your Garden
Inventory. You can send us digital or print photos (see below).

Submission Methods
1) Online. We prefer this method !
Visit our website——and go to the Database
section. Click on Community Garden Inventory, then Submit Your Form.
Complete the online Garden Inventory form, attach any digital photos,
and submit.
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Garden Mosaics Garden Inventory Form1


2) Mail
Complete this Community Garden Inventory form and mail it along with any
print photos, or digital photos on disk or CD, to:

Garden Mosaics
Department of Natural Resources
Fernow Hall 16
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853

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The Community Gardening Inventory is a collaborative effort of the American Community Gardening
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Science Foundation Informal Science Education Program (ESI 0125582), and
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Plant List (Optional). Which plants are in the garden?

Check all boxes that apply

Beans and Peas

‰ Asian Yard Bean, Long Bean, Snake Bean, Asparagus Bean, Yardlong Bean
‰ Bush Beans (includes French Bean, Filet Bean, Haricot, Green Bean, Wax Bean,
String Bean)
‰ Butter Bean, Lima Bean
‰ Climbing or Pole Beans (includes Green Bean, String Bean, Wax Bean)
‰ Cowpea, Black Eyed Bean, Black Eyed Pea, Marble Pea
‰ Fava Bean, Broad Bean
‰ Pea (includes Sweet Pea, Snap Pea, Snow Pea)
‰ Pigeon Pea, Gandules, Yellow Dhal, Red Gram
‰ Purple Hull Pea
‰ Other (please list)

‰ Amaranth ‰ Mâche, Cornsalad
‰ Arugula ‰ Malabar Spinach, Indian Spinach,
‰ Bak Choy, Pak Choy Ceylon Spinach, Basella, Vine
‰ Chard ‰ Mesclun
‰ Claytonia, Winter Purslane, Miner’s ‰ New Zealand Spinach
‰ Collard ‰ Orach
‰ Endive ‰ Purslane, Verdolaga
‰ Kale ‰ Radicchio
‰ Lamb’s Quarters ‰ Spinach
‰ Lettuce ‰ Turnip
‰ Other (please list)

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Squashes and Gourds

‰ Bitter Melon, Asian Melon, Bitter ‰ Summer Squash (includes Zucchini,
Gourd, Balsam Pear Yellow Crook Neck Squash)
‰ Chayote, Vegetable Pear ‰ Tindora, Ivy Gourd
‰ Long Squash, Bottle Gourd ‰ Winter Melon, Wax Gourd
‰ Parvar, Pointed Gourd ‰ Winter Squash (includes Acorn
‰ Pumpkin Squash, Butternut Squash)
‰ Smooth Loofah, Sponge Gourd
‰ Other (please list)

Root Crops
‰ Beet ‰ Potato
‰ Carrot ‰ Radish
‰ Garlic ‰ Sweet Potato
‰ Jerusalem Artichoke, Sunchoke ‰ Taro
‰ Jicama ‰ Turnip
‰ Parsnip ‰ Yucca, Cassava, Manioc
‰ Other (please list)

Other Vegetables
‰ Artichoke ‰ Kohlrabi
‰ Asparagus ‰ Leek
‰ Broccoli ‰ Okra
‰ Brussell Sprouts ‰ Onion
‰ Cabbage ‰ Peanut
‰ Cauliflower ‰ Pepper
‰ Celeriac ‰ Scallion, Green Onion
‰ Celery ‰ Sugarcane
‰ Cucumber ‰ Tomatillo
‰ Eggplant ‰ Tomato
‰ Other (please list)

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‰ Alache ‰ Edible Chrysanthemum ‰ Molem
‰ Basil ‰ Epazote, Wormseed ‰ Oregano
‰ Chamomile ‰ Fennel ‰ Papalo
‰ Chervil ‰ Horseradish ‰ Parsley
‰ Chipile ‰ Korean Basil, Dulkay ‰ Pipicha, Pepicha
‰ Chive ‰ Lavender ‰ Perilla
‰ Comfrey ‰ Lemongrass ‰ Rue
‰ Coriander, Cilantro ‰ Lleva Buena, Good weed ‰ Sage
‰ Dill ‰ Marjoram ‰ Thyme
‰ Echinacea ‰ Mint, Hierba Buena ‰ Wild Sesame
‰ Other (please list)

‰ Ageratum ‰ Delphinium ‰ Peony
‰ Alyssum ‰ Flat Pea ‰ Petunia
‰ Bachelor’s Button ‰ Hollyhock ‰ Phlox
‰ Beebalm ‰ Impatiens ‰ Poppy
‰ Begonia ‰ Iris ‰ Portulaca
‰ Calendula ‰ Korean Ginseng, ‰ Rose
‰ Chrysanthemum Chinese Bellflower, ‰ Snapdragon
Balloon Flower
‰ Cleome ‰ Larkspur ‰ Strawflower
‰ Coneflower ‰ Lavatera ‰ Sunflower
‰ Cosmos ‰ Lily ‰ Tulip
‰ Crocus ‰ Marigold, Cempazuchitl ‰ Verbena
‰ Daffodil ‰ Nasturtium ‰ Zinnia
‰ Dandelion
‰ Other (please list)

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Fruits and Nuts

‰ Apple ‰ Grape ‰ Pecan
‰ Apricot ‰ Highbush Cranberry ‰ Plum
‰ Blackberry ‰ Hops ‰ Raspberry
‰ Blueberry ‰ Kiwi ‰ Rhubarb
‰ Cherry (ornamental) ‰ Melon (includes Muskmelon, ‰ Serviceberry
‰ Currant Cantaloupe, Honeydew Melon) ‰ Strawberry
‰ Elderberry ‰ Nectarine ‰ Walnut
‰ Fig ‰ Peach ‰ Watermelon
‰ Gooseberry ‰ Pear
‰ Other (please list)

Grains / Cover Crops

‰ Alfalfa ‰ Corn
‰ Amaranth ‰ Oat
‰ Barley ‰ Wheat
‰ Buckwheat
‰ Other (please list)

Ornamental Trees and Shrubs

‰ Ash ‰ Fir
‰ Basswood ‰ Forsythia
‰ Birch ‰ Hawthorn
‰ Castor Bean, Red Tree ‰ Lilac
‰ Cedar ‰ Maple
‰ Cherry ‰ Paradise Tree, Ailanthus
‰ Chestnut ‰ Pine
‰ Cimicifuga, Black Cohosh ‰ Spruce
‰ Dogwood ‰ Willow
‰ Elm ‰ Witch Hazel
‰ Other (please list)

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