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Review ?Joy?s timely handbook is about organizing people as well as planting produce, and the sustainable satisfaction of raising one?s own food.? ?Publishers Weekly?Best Lifestyle Book of 2014? ?This delightful ?handbook? by Joy, a master gardener, offers equal parts sociology skills, organizational principles, business management tips, and illustrated guides for (among other things) planting seeds with the tip of a finger. . . . An excellent tool that cultivates human communities as much as it grows vegetables in group gardens.? ?Publishers Weekly?starred review ?Joy?s turnkey guide to project establishment and management is a masterpiece of organization, and the principles she communicates could be applied to any grassroots movement, not only community gardening. A former corporate executive and acclaimed master gardener who established Chicago?s groundbreaking Peterson Garden Project, Joy successfully combines her business communication and managerial skills with her love for garden production to create an essential and accessible resource for community leaders.? ?Booklist ?A valuable reference for building a strong foundation, for anyone new to organizing or community gardening.? ?Library Journal? ?When you have a question, you ask an expert. That?s why people contemplating starting community gardens would come to LaManda Joy. . . . A wonderful resource on the subject.? ?Chicago Tribune ?As we all become more aware of what we eat and the origin of our food, vegetable gardening is booming. Leading the way is?LaManda Joy.? ?Make It Better Read more From the Back Cover ?Dreaming of a community garden? Start your journey with this readable and useful guide.? ?P. Allen Smith, award-winning gardening expert, author, and host of P. Allen Smith's Garden Home How in the world do you create a community garden? And keep it thriving? Where do you begin? What do you have to know? Leading community garden expert LaManda Joy provides everything you need to grow a successful community garden from a seedling of an idea to an overflowing community harvest.?Joy covers every aspect of launching and sustaining one of the world?s fastest-growing food production models: you?ll learn how to procure a site, manage people and priorities, create mission statements and meeting agendas, and grow twenty-one sure-fire vegetables. ? LaManda Joy is the award-winning founder and executive director of Peterson Garden Project, which manages numerous community gardens in Chicago, Illinois. She has served on the board of directors of the American Community Gardening Association, lectures and consults extensively on community gardening, and was featured in the recent documentary Food Patriots. ? Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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