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gardening toolkit

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Simple, appropriate technologies for great garden outcomes

Meeting your environmental goals is easier when you track your progress and use what you learn to improve your practices--and results--over time. The basic cycle of "adaptive co-management" (pardon the jargon) is goal setting, action, monitoring, reflection, and adaptation. This toolkit comes in two parts:

  • Part 1: event guides for Doing It Together
  • Part 2: how-to guides for tracking environmental resources

Part 1: event guides (6)

Start Here event

Start here to collaboratively create a picture of your place. event guide

Goal setting event

Choose which of your goals you want to measure progress towards. event guide

Choosing how to track your progress event

Chooses how to do the measuring, then design the measuring methodology as an activity (or activities) for many people in the garden to participate in. event guide

Scheduling the season event

Schedule daily and occasional events so that people know exactly how to participate. Depending on your goals and methods, these events may include:

  • "Every day in the garden" practices
  • Field Day: pole aerial mapping (pre-season & height-of-season)
  • Field Day: pole aerial infrared mapping over experimental bed (1, 2 & 3)
  • End-of-season reflection day
  • Planning for next season day

event guide

End-of-season reflection event

event guide

Planning for next season event

event guide

Part 2: how-to guides (3)

1. Pole aerial mapping guide

Change your perspective! Map your garden plot to plan the season and track changes through the years.

how-to guide

2. Infrared imagery guide

See plants photosynthesizing. Experiment with cultivation methods and see which types of plants thrive.

how-to guide

3. Program tracking guide

Growing tons of food? Diverting compost from the waste stream? Coordinating work among lots of volunteers? If you're tackling these or other programs in your garden, barn.farmingconcrete.org has simple methods that you can use.

how-to guide