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Dig In! Resources


Creating a successful community garden takes more than dirt and a shovel. That is why we've created a collection of resources created by us and other gardening organizations to help guide our Dig In! partners. 

This collection includes information on the Tools and Supplies needed to build and maintain a garden, Gardening 101 for basic information on gardening, and other helpful resources for creating a sustainable and thriving community garden.

If you have looked through our resources but still have questions, reach out to our Dig In! Program Director Jasmine Moreano by email at

Tools and Supplies

Tools & Supplies
Tool Lending Library

Tool Lending Library

The Tool Lending Library was established to provide additional support for Dig In! community gardens. Garden tools are available for free to neighborhood farms and community garden groups that participate with the Passaic County and City Green Dig In! Program.

Suggested Local Vendors

Suggested Local Vendors

There are a lot of materials that you need to build a garden! Download the document below for a list of vendors that we have a positive history of working with. This list includes vendors for compost, plants, lumber, and more!

Gardening 101

Gardening 101
Suggested Garden Timeline

Suggested Garden Timeline

Building the planting beds is just the first step towards creating a successful community garden. To help guide you to the next steps, check out this sample garden timeline. It goes through the first year of a community garden and answers questions like:

  • When do I plant summer crops?

  • When and how should I start preparing for winter?

  • What are great workshops to hold during the spring?

Community Building

Community Building

Coming Soon!


COVID-19 Safety

Being outdoors greatly reduces the risk of transmitting COVID-19. This means that with the proper rules and safety mechanisms, the garden is an excellent resource for the community. Make sure to stay updated on the latest COVID-19 resources for the garden so you can keep your garden growing while keeping vulnerable populations safe.

Who should be in the garden? (Source: University of Maine Cooperative Extension)
  • It is highly recommended that all at-risk individuals (65+ years of age and/or with underlying health conditions) take the season off from community gardening. 

  • It is highly recommended that individuals who don’t rely on the produce they grow in their plot as their primary food source take the season off from community gardening. 

  • Require all gardeners who are sick or may have come in contact with COVID-19 to self-quarantine.

  • Set a maximum number of community gardeners who can be in the space at the same time; this number should be based first on the size of the garden and then on the number of plot holders.

  • Mark off 6-foot intervals in naturally congested areas of the garden such as water sources, compost pile garden gates, etc.

  • Discourage bringing children or the whole family to the garden at once. Unlike in other years, the garden should not become a gathering place.

  • The general public should not enter the garden at any time (post signs at every entrance).

What changes should be done in the actual garden? (Source: University of Maine Cooperative Extension)

  • Close the garden shed and cut off access to shared tools until further notice. Have gardeners bring their own tools.

  • If gardeners do not have their own tools, allow them to borrow tools for the entire season. They need to bring and take them home each time they leave the garden.

  • Set up a handwashing station and encourage all gardeners to wash their hands upon their arrival and departure. Provide a disinfectant solution that can be safely stored outside.

  • Require all gardeners to disinfect anything they touch before and after use especially gates, wheelbarrow, mowers, or other large tools.

  • Consider solarizing, cover cropping, or other different uses of parts of the garden to build soil resources for later in the season.

CDC Recommendations for Cleaning Outdoor Surfaces:​
  • Outdoor areas, like playgrounds in schools and parks generally require normal routine cleaning, but do not require disinfection.

    • Do not spray disinfectant on outdoor playgrounds—it is not an efficient use of supplies and is not proven to reduce risk of COVID-19 to the public.

    • High touch surfaces made of plastic or metal, such as grab bars and railings should be cleaned routinely.

    • Cleaning and disinfection of wooden surfaces (play structures, benches, tables) or groundcovers (mulch, sand) is not recommended.

  • Sidewalks and roads should not be disinfected.

    • Spread of COVID-19 from these surfaces is very low and disinfection is not effective.”

For more information, click the CDC link here

COVID-19 Safety FAQs

COVID-19 Safety FAQs (Updated 9/2020)

COVID-19 Rules Posters for the Garden

COVID-19 Garden Poster
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