Community Gardening Network of Ottawa is an information and resource-sharing network that supports the sustainable development of community gardens within the City.
The central activities of the CGN are:
- to assist two or more community gardens to get established each year, including building skills and capacity through our “How to Start a Community Garden” workshops and resources;
- to fund garden developments by providing grants from the Community Garden Development Fund
- to work with private and public landowners to increase access to land for community gardens in the city;
- to keep food and gardening information flowing between Just Food, the community garden coordinators, and the gardeners;
- to build gardening skills in the city through our beginner level gardening workshops;
- to encourage food preservation of the summer’s harvest through our canning and food preservation workshops;
- to raise awareness in the city about community gardening through online newsletters and special events such as the annual Urban Agriculture Bike Tour.
Why Community Gardens?
People will join community gardens for many different purposes, why each person is looking to join a community garden is unique to each individual or family, but some common reasons are:
- To learn to grow food
- To teach others to grow food
- To provide food donations to food programs (Plant-a-Row, Donate-a-Row)
- To build & engage your community
- To enhance community safety
- To improve mental health (therapy gardening)
- To enhance public spaces
- To empower individuals with resilient skills
The Plant-a-Row, Donate-a-Row campaign encourages home gardeners in their front or back yards, and community gardeners to grow food for their neighbourhood food cupboards by pledging to grow at least one row in their garden to be donated.
For more information, please navigate to the Plant-a-Row, Donate-a-Row section.