Printed Materials

As a program of Forsyth County’s Cooperative Extension Service, Forsyth Community Gardening has access to a number of publications on a wide variety of horticultural and community organizing topics. In addition to being posted in their electronic form on this page, many of these materials are also available in hard copy form at the Forsyth County Agricultural Building. Don’t see the topic you were looking for? Contact Megan Gregory with any questions or for more information. Explore our resources on the topics listed below:

Community Gardens

How to Start a Community Garden: Organizing, Fundraising, and Administration

Organizing a Garden


Administering Plot (Allotment) Gardens

Community Gardens

Legal and Safety Considerations

Building Healthy Soil

General Soil Management

Cover Crops

Cover Crops



Managing Soil Contaminants

Garden Plantings: Fruits, Vegetables, Flowers, and Herbs



Flowers and Herbs

Managing Pests: Insects, Weeds, and Diseases

Supporting Beneficial Insects


Paper wasp, a predator of many insect pests, on yarrow. Photo: M. Gregory, Forsyth CES.

Community Gardens

Many insect pests have ‘natural enemies’ – beneficial predators and parasitoids that keep pests under control. Other beneficial insects help pollinate crops like tomatoes and cucumbers. The following resources will help you identify beneficial insects, and create habitat in your garden to ensure they can thrive year-round.

General Insect Pest Management References

Specific Vegetable Pest Profiles

Weed Management


Summer weeds don’t stand a chance beneath this dense cover crop of millet and cowpea! Photo: M. Gregory, Forsyth CES.


Community Gardens

Container and Raised Bed Gardening

Community Gardens

Youth and School Gardens

General Resources on School & Children’s Gardens

Garden Based Curricula

  • Cornell Garden-Based Learning: Lessons page: Activities and curricula for grades 2-8
  • Environmental Education in the Community Garden: A project of the American Community Gardening Association with lessons on soil nutrients, soil, nutrients, beneficial insects, pollinators, composting, crop rotation, and other aspects of environmentally-friendly gardening.
  • Garden Mosaics: A garden-based education program that combines intergenerational mentoring, community action, and understanding different cultures. The manual contains Science Pages and inquiry-based learning activities for children and youth. Science pages are available in English and Spanish.
  • Growing Minds: Lesson Plans: Garden-based lesson plans organized by grade level, from preschool through grade 12.
  • National Farm to School Network Resource Database: Extensive database of garden-based lessons grouped by setting (preschool, K-12, after-school, etc.) and topic.
  • School Garden Resources: Garden-based lesson plans from the University of Georgia for grades K-8. Lessons are aligned with earth science, life science, and physical science standards.

Youth Program Resources

  • The Food Project Toolbox: Free manuals, activities, and curricula used in The Food Project’s ground-breaking youth programs, including their Summer and Academic Year Youth Programs, Rural and Urban Agriculture programs, and Farmer’s Markets.
  • Growing Young Leaders: Youth Program Guide: Manual from East New York Farms! in Brooklyn, NY, on how to create an urban agriculture internship for high school youth that builds leadership, life skills, and farming and food systems knowledge.

Harvesting, Preparing, and Preserving Vegetables

Why Commuity Gardens?

Scholarly Articles: Benefits of Community Gardening

Community Gardens

The Local Food System

Publicaciones en Español