Q: What is the CGN and how do they work with Community Gardens/Gardening in the City of Ottawa?
A: Here you will find information on the CGN.
Fundamentally, The Community Gardening Network of Ottawa is an information and resource-sharing network that supports the sustainable development of community gardens within the City.
- Support Community Gardens
- Increase Community Gardening Awareness
- Promote Food Access and the Plant-a-Row Donate-A-Row Program
What benefits does the CGN provide for Gardens?
- Community Garden Development Fund
- City Compost
- Free Bank Accounts with Alterna Savings
- Gardening Library
- Additional Shred resources
Q: How can I access the City’s Trail Road Compost facility free of Charge?
A: The City of Ottawa provides 1 yard of compost per garden plot per year to all community gardens that have updated garden administration completed. To access the compost you can fill out our form on the Trail Road Compost Page.
Q: Do community Gardens need a soil test? What needs to happen in order to get one done?
A: All community gardens that want to build garden beds in the existing soil at their site must first undergo a soil test. This is to ensure that the soil can produce safe for consumption by the gardeners. To have a soil test conducted, you must apply for one through the Community Garden Development Fund, which opens up in November until earl February. The Community Gardening Network will cover the costs and coordination for the soil test.
If you are accessing the CGDF to build in-ground garden plots, you must have a soil test done through this means in order to open up new plots.