About Community Gardening Network (CGN)
Community Gardening Network (CGN) at Just Food, established in 1997, is an information and resource-sharing network that supports the sustainable development of community gardening in Ottawa.
CGN assists in the establishment of new community gardens, provides support to the existing gardens, and supports all forms of household food-growing and the buliding of edible landscape in Ottawa.
CGN’s work also involves keeping food and gardening information flowing, building skills and capacities through workshops, and raising awareness about food and gardening through newsletters and events.
- Assisting 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;
- Funding garden developments by providing grants from the Community Garden Development Fund
- Working with private and public landowners to increase access to land for community gardens in the city;
- Keeping food and gardening information flowing between Just Food, the community garden coordinators, and the gardeners;
- Building gardening skills in the city through our beginner level gardening workshops;
- Encouraging food preservation of the summer’s harvest through our canning and food preservation workshops;
- Raising awareness in the city about community gardening through online newsletters and special events such as the annual Urban Agriculture Bike Tour.
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 include:
- Learning to grow food
- Teaching others to grow food
- Providing food donations to food programs (Plant-a-Row, Donate-a-Row)
- Building & engaging with your community
- Enhancing community safety
- Improving mental health (therapy gardening)
- Enhancing public spaces
- Empowering 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.