MIMIC THIS! When you get invited to events 3000 miles away (or 20 of them just across town), use COPY & PASTE with the really interesting events to seed your own community's plans for similar events. Why start from scratch.... Beg, borrow and mimic! More....
I just found this recent posting on the UK Transition Town forum. They've got lots of cool ideas and forms, yard signs, etc. at the Transition Totnes webpage given below.
Here's the beginning of the post, to give you an idea: Since we started our garden share scheme in Brighton & Hove (which is called Grow Your Neighbour's Own) a number of people from around the country have contacted me to ask for advice on how we got going... so I thought I'd start a thread here to which people can reply with other questions and answers which can be shared with everyone...
We in Vancouver (western Canada) have been yardsharing for food production for several years now, mostly on a tithing basis, aka the owner gets his or her pick, but the lion's share stays with the "tenant farmer." It may sound a bit like medieval times, but it works where property plots allow at least 300 square feet of open, cultivatable space (and some direct sun). It also helps if open plots are near (within cycling distance) of the farmer's residence. Our local CityFarmer, Michael Levenston, is the pioneer in this field, and can be found at http://www.cityfarmer.info. He claims he makes enough money, selling the produce in community farmer's markets, to sustain a living.
We also have a yardsharing scheme being tested in one neighbourhood, Kitsilano, pioneered by Ross Moster of Village Vancouver (www.villagevancouver.ca). His is less formal, and geared more to creating social relationships and building a stronger sense of community.
The real question is whether this may soften the culture and law of exclusive real estate ownership, allowing more communal treatment of open land. Scandinavia's Allmansrecht is a step in this direction, allowing "trespass" and even squatting (overnight), as long as the land owner and the land is not in any way disturbed. Sad to say, it is insurance case law here in Canada (and other Commonwealth countries) that may determine how far we can go on this.
Nonetheless, Yardsharing here in Vancouver may soon compete with municipally-owned community garden plots for total acreage in production. With less than 2,000 community garden plots in this city and each scarcely over 50 square feet, that is not a high hurdle.