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Shared Roots

Join Shared Roots
Connect with food and gardening in your community

The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) are partnering to better connect residents to shared growing spaces.

There are two ways to participate in this program:

1. Become a Site Coordinator by providing access for community members to garden, grow, or maintain one of these types of spaces:

a. A school garden that needs summer maintenance
b. A community garden plot that you would like help maintaining
c. A gardening space in your home yard that is available for others to grow food

2. Become a member by helping to grow food in one of the spaces described above. Accepted applications will be matched with garden sites on a rolling basis. Site coordinator application deadline is Friday, March 22. Member application deadline is Tuesday, April 30. Members can begin applying on Monday, April 8.

a. If you would like to participate in this program, please apply online or contact Katarina Yang at [email protected].

Site coordinators must:

  • Attend a mandatory training webinar online.
  • Host a mandatory training session for members at the beginning of the program.
  • Send out at least one weekly email to members detailing garden work that needs to be done.
  • Be available consistently throughout the summer to visit the garden and mentor members in person.
  • Maintain an open line of communication with members.

Members must:

  • Attend a mandatory training webinar online.
  • Attend a mandatory training session with the site coordinator.
  • Garden for at least 3 hours per week.
  • Be consistently available throughout the summer to garden.
  • Maintain open lines of communication with the site coordinator and fellow members.