Community gardens and urban agriculture in general face some challenges. There are several ways to overcome these challenges. Often, the benefits of community gardening far outweigh the costs.
Time: Yes, gardening takes some time. It takes time to take care of everything. The most time consuming part of gardening is planting in the spring and taking care of everything at the end of the season.
The time you put in is worth the outcome. It does not take much daily or weekly time to water and weed your garden once you have things planted. Another way to combat a lack of time is by working with your community to set up a schedule or system to water everything or check on your garden for you.
Financial support: Some community gardens are funded by governments or other groups. However, there are several that have no funding. Some people might shy away from the cost of buying a plot and maintaining it.
Sometimes, with a little effort, you could get your community garden fully or partially funded. If that is not an option, the cost of owning a plot along with the cheaper produce you will get will almost always be less expensive than buying all your produce at the supermarket.
Education: You might be thinking “I do not know anything about gardening!” Several people are uneducated about what tools you need, when to plant things, and how to take care of the crops.
Do not worry. It is called a community garden for a reason; there are always people that would love to teach you. The inputs are also relatively low cost, so it is not a big deal if you pull out a root vegetable before it is ready or some vegetables you thought were weeds. If you do not want to ask for help, there is plenty of information on the internet or in books.
Ownership: Every community garden is different. Some, such as the one on campus at the University of Canberra, are not really owned by anyone. It can be hard to decide who should get the produce or if it should be open to anyone even if they never help with the garden.
The easiest way to overcome this challenge is by letting each person who is a part of the garden buy their own plot of land. That way, they can grow what they want without worrying that someone else might take it.