Types of Gardens:
Community Gardens | These are the most common form of community gardens. They have plots for individuals, some community plots that are used for donation (Plant a Row, Donate a Row) to local families or food cupboards, or communal plots, like herb beds or tea gardens that can be used by all gardeners or fellow community members. In order to apply for a plot for community gardens contact them by the email contact found on the garden map.
Please note that many gardens will have wait lists and many others will also be prioritizing community members in close proximity to the garden site. If there are no community gardens near your residency, or they are all full, consider starting a new community garden.
School Gardens | These gardens are located at schools and are used by teachers and students as part of curricula. Parents of students may be able to be involved in the summer, but these are not gardens where community members can access individual plots. For more information on School Gardens please Visit the Canadian Organic Growers website for the Growing Up Organic (GUO) program. GUO partners with schools to support the establishment of school garden programs as the basis for experiential education at all grade levels.
Plant-a-Row Donate-a-Row Gardens | These are gardens that are focused primarily on producing produce as a group to donate the food. These gardens may be seeking volunteers to assist with this project, but do not offer individual plots. To get involved email the coordinator at the contact provided on the Garden Map.
Children’s & Communal Gardens | Children’s gardens are spaces that are designed to be for, and gardened by youth! Like donation gardens these gardens do not generally have individual plots. Communal gardens can all grow together & share the proceeds. Please contact the garden coordinator to learn more about how their specific Children’s or Communal Community Garden works.
Click here for more information on Community Gardens.
For information on other gardens in Ottawa, please see the Ottawa Garden Council.
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