Garden Fantasy

In this little fantasy of mine, friends and acquaintances from the homeschooling community all gather together and farm a little patch of land near my house in Chesapeake. We use the labor of our hands to grow delicious, local, chemical-free produce for our families while working together. The little children romp through the pecan orchard (yes, there is one already) after eating too many tomatoes and fresh, baby lettuces while the adults plant, mulch, weed, feed and harvest the bounty. The older kids pitch in, even the little ones do. Husbands show up and it becomes a family event, not just the typical homeschooling mama crew.

The details, other than my picture of bucolic glory, are a bit fuzzy. How does one set up a cooperative garden like this? It is NOT a community garden…well, it would be a community garden but not the same as other, googlable community gardens… and the parameters for setting this up would be far different.
Here are some questions I am asking, both of myself and from those of you who may wish to comment.
How far can my innate need for privacy stretch to accommodate this dream?
Would people even be interested?
Do we set up one huge garden or separate plots?
How do we divvy up the produce?
Will there be specific work days and times?
Who buys the seed and seedlings?
For those of us who contribute barter items like compost or saved seed, is there extra remuneration from the garden?
If we all agree to garden chemical-free/organically/biodynamically, do we have to agree on what chemical-free/organic/biodynamic means?
What do we plant?
When do we plant it?
Do we all show up, en-masse, and work together or go at it when we can?
Can gardeners both garden and keep the kids from falling into the pool? (It is fenced.)
Who is the boss?
Is there a boss?
What will be our conflict resolution strategy?
My experiences with large group ventures have been poor with a few lovely exceptions. Clear rules, like minded participants and firm boundaries do wonders, in my experience. Maybe, just maybe, I’ll live to see this dream fruit.

About Bettina Colonna Essert

Illuminated Magdalene High Priestess and facilitator of empowerment and healing circles for girls and women, including a monthly Red Tent Temple. BA in English, minor in anthropology. Waldorf homeschool mom. Reiki master, cranial sacral therapist, herbalist, menstruvist, feminist, epicurian.
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