Resources for new Community Garden?
A group here is starting a community garden. Long story short, the community surrounds a lake. The lake was dredged a few years ago, forming a flat, treeless plain of about 2 acres between the community association clubhouse and the lake. It lies within a security fence. We can water with lake water. Seems perfect.
Right now we are debating how to set this thing up: participation, governance, layout, cost, etc.
I am looking for resources. Journals of experience with different approaches. Stories of how a garden fostered a sense of community (something we sorely lack here). COSTS. Things to avoid (I mean, besides the geese, the deer, and the aphids). Heartwarming stories of success; comical (or pathetic) stories of failure. Sample bylaws and best practices. Whatever you can point us to.
A particular issue is whether a community association membership should be required before a family is eligible for participation. (Adds $100-150 to the cost of a plot up front.) Some contend that this requirement would be counter-active to the "community formation" goal. Others view the garden as a benefit of membership.
Please post here or email. (If you can't email, post that here and I'll fix it.)
Thank you in advance.