Community Gardening Network

Opening Your Community Garden

Just Food encourages all community gardens in Ottawa (including those on lands owned by the City of Ottawa, NCC, Ottawa Community Housing, Schools, Faith Groups, Businesses, etc.) to contact comms@justfood.ca to get approval to open.

To get approval, each community garden will need to read, fill out, and submit the following:

  1. Please read Ottawa Public Health’s Recommendation for Community Gardens.
  2. Operational Plan: click here to download the Word document
  3. Coordinators Agreement: click here to download the Word document
  4. Gardeners Agreement: click here to download the Word document

Just Food is printing these signs for all gardens and will plan out installation with City of Ottawa and other partners.

  • Garden plot sign: click here to view PDF
  • Community garden COVID-19 etiquette sign: click here to view PDF

Community Gardening Network of Ottawa is an information and resource-sharing network that supports the sustainable development of community gardens within the City.

  • 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.