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Glennis, are you thinking of starting a community garden or gardening the land yourself?

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Posted to Thread #17639 at 9:33 pm on Feb 7, 2010

Either way, it has to be presented as a win-win situation. We have gardens on both city property and private property. For the private property owners, they only get $1 in rent, but they also get a tax deduction, and they're relieved of maintaining the property and insurance. Empty lots in the city gather trash, graffiti and worse, and they're a liability. We offer insurance and maintenance in exchange for use of the property for at least 5 years. It's a good offer for someone who has idle property they don't plan to build on for a while.

If you are thinking of starting a garden group, you can become a non-profit corporation, and donations to the garden are tax-deductible. For instance, on one garden we pay $501 per month rent, and the owner then donates $500 to our organization.

The two biggest expenses for us are water and insurance, and the plot fees for the gardeners are set to cover those bills.

The city gets the same advantages when they lease land--no more maintenance and insurance.

Even if you just want to have your own garden, your neighbors might be willing to rent you space for next to nothing just to save on maintenance, as long as there was a reasonable time limit in writing.

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