CGN Resources

The I ♥ to Garden Program Manual provides you with:

  • Background information on gardening with children
  • 10 hands-on gardening and healthy eating activities
  • 13 healthy recipes, featuring fresh produce that can be grown in Ottawa
  • A resource section full of additional information on gardening and healthy cooking with children and youth

Please click on the link to open it as a .PDF in browser, you can download it there.

Making a website for your Community Garden

  • Want to start a website for your community garden? Click here to review some of the best options to start a free website!
  • As an example of one that is free and easy to use if you’re not great with computers: check out

CFIA Organic Production Systems – Permitted Substances List

Resources Made by Community Gardens

*Please send any resources your community garden has developed, that you would like to share with the Network!

Gardening Workshop Series – Have one for your gardeners!

If you would like to…

  • Participate in a workshop
  • Help organize a workshop in your neighbourhood or workplace (we will provide the trained facilitators)
  • Train to become a workshop facilitator (training provided for free)

…Contact the Community Gardening Network Coordinator.

Seed Saving
Seed Saving is a way to ensure that our food supply is not reliant on a small selection of crop varieties that can lead to vulnerability, disease, pests, and changes in climate. The practice of seed saving and sharing, seen as a hobby to some, promotes genetic diversity of crops and overall food security. This workshop will provide an overview of seed saving & will include the opportunity to access seeds through the Ottawa Seed Library!  “Borrow,” seeds from the Ottawa Seed library & return them at the end of the season!  This practise will allow more seeds to enter the library & ensure more people can participate in future years using seed YOU return.

Food Preservation
Food Preservation is a useful skill to save the harvest and to save money. At this workshop you will learn the basics of food preservation, with a primary focus on Hot Water Bath Canning, that will allow participants to enjoy nature’s bounty throughout the winter months.  Specific workshop topics include Pickle Making, Jam Making, Tomato Preservation & Salsa Making.

We would like to thank Bernardin, who has partnered with Just Food over the years by donating canning toolkits and recipe books to this community initiative.

Beginner Organic Vegetable Gardening
Interested in gardening but don’t know where to start?  This workshop is great for any gardener wishing to brush up on their gardening theory before the season.  Whether you have never gardened before or your confident in your abilities you are sure to learn something at this workshop.  This workshop focuses on growing common variety vegetables in the Ottawa region –  without the use of pesticides or herbicides.

Natural Pest Control
This workshop will help the organic gardener manage those pesky pests that tend to take up so much our summer!  Some of this workshop instructs on removing pests from the garden, but it is primarily concerned with proactive decisions in the garden’s early stages. Learn to encourage more beneficial insects to your garden & plant in ways that prevent pest & disease issues.

Square Foot Gardening
Square Foot Gardening is an innovative technique used to increase production in small-scale systems where gardening in rows is not efficient enough.  Mel Bartholomew’s Innovative Square Foot Gardening technique is presented by Certified Square Foot Gardening Instructor Carolyn Klickermann.

Herbal Tips and Tricks
This workshop that highlights the benefits of specific plants, such as Calendula, culinary herbs, and many more.  Participants of this workshop will learn about the uses of these plants & how to grow them.

Working with Nature in the Garden
Permaculture Principles & Design with Bonita Ford (usually just 1 workshop per season!!) What can nature teach us about gardening? Learn about permaculture principles and various ways to apply them in our gardens, as well as permaculture design examples in the garden and in an edible forest garden.

Edible Perennials 
Break free from convention and find out about the world of edible perennials.  It’s bigger than herbs, fruits and the odd vegetable. Some have been forgotten and are hiding in plain sight in many people’s ornamental garden.

Container Gardening
Those of us with green thumbs & limited gardening space are all too common.  This workshop will instruct participants on how to create a productive garden using containers in limited spaces.  The applications are useful for those with backyards, a balcony, and everything in between.

City of Ottawa Community Garden Action Plans

Community Garden Update (2015)

Community Garden Action Plan Evaluation (2009)

Community Gardening Program Action Plan (2004)