Imagine a place where you can plant a fruit, vegetable, or flower garden that accommodates the modern lifestyle.
A community garden is a public garden in which you choose a plot of a publicly owned garden, and plant anything you want. Then, you choose the maintenance plan that you want for your plot. This kind of community garden intends to address two main problems of gardening: lack of space and lack of time.
The level of maintenance that you want to choose depends on the time that you can dedicate to the garden. Three tiers of help can be provided:
1) "Farmer Frank": You are fully responsible for planting, maintaining, and harvesting. Ideal for people who have the time and passion to work on their gardens regularly.
2) "Weekend Warrior": You are responsible for planting and major maintenance work, likely every week or two. A public gardener checks on your garden every two days to water and care for the plants, and sends you a text/message if produce is ready to be harvested. Harvesting is your responsibility unless you are unavailable (e.g. out of town), in which you can arrange to have the public gardener do so for you. Ideal for those who enjoy gardening but will only have time on some weekends to tend to the garden.
3) "Busy Betsy": Public gardeners will take full responsibility for your garden, including planting, maintaining, and harvesting. You responsibility is to design the garden and commit to picking up the harvested produce in a timely manner.
The price for individuals using the garden would depend on their size of plot and the amount of help required. However, it is likely that because of economies of scale it will be cheaper than individual private gardens. Best practices of organic farming (e.g. availability of community compost) or best-in-class technology (e.g. drip irrigation) can be better implemented for a group of people. Moreover, the garden will be a place to socialize and trade harvested goods.