Community gardens

Whoever loves and understands a garden will find contentment within.
- Chinese proverb

What is a community garden?

Community gardens are parcels of land used by neighbourhood residents to grow their own vegetables, herbs, pollinator flowers and/or fruit. They are primarily used in areas where residents do not have any (or suitable) yard space to grow their own gardens. In a community garden, residents are granted an area of land upon which they may grow organic vegetables and flowers. Residents share in both the maintenance and rewards of the garden.

Why have a community garden in your neighbourhood?

Community gardens are important neighbourhood spaces, providing the opportunity for neighbours to meet each other, work together and become cohesive, supportive communities. This aspect of community gardens is especially important for residents who feel isolated, such as new immigrants, or for those affected by poverty, disability or violence.

Positive outcomes from a community garden

  • Promotes a healthy lifestyle by engaging hobbyists in outdoor physical activity.
  • Allows opportunities for positive social interactions, including inter-generational and cross-cultural connections.
  • Provides the opportunity to grow fresh, nutritious, organic produce.
  • Reduces crime and vandalism.
  • Enriches residents with interactive learning opportunities (e.g. gardening/cooking workshops).
  • Enhances property values by creating more attractive neighbourhoods for people to walk and enjoy life outdoors.
  • a great place to escape from the noise and commotion of everyday urban life

Why the need for community gardens?

Many Guelph residents approached staff with requests for community gardens in their neighbourhoods. Community gardens will make available affordable, fresh and healthy produce for families in Guelph.

How does a community garden function?

Community GardenCommunity gardens are managed and maintained with the active participation of the gardeners themselves, rather than tended only by a professional staff. Community gardens encourage food production by providing gardeners a place to grow vegetables and other crops. To facilitate this, a community garden may be divided into individual plots or tended in a communal fashion, depending on the size and quality of a garden and the members involved. Guelph’s community gardens will be managed by volunteers.

How to apply for a community garden

Compete the application below and mail it to Community Engagement, Community and Social Services, City of Guelph 1 Carden St. Guelph ON, N1H 3A1.  Applications must be received by October 31 to begin the selection process for the growing season of the following year.

Community Garden Application Form

For more information

For more info about community gardens in Guelph access the Guelph-Wellington Food Round Table website and click on working groups-community gardens network.

or contact

Kelly Guthrie
519-822-1260 extension 2677
kelly.guthrie@guelph.ca

Last Updated: July 24, 2014. Broken links or incorrect information? Let us know!