Edmonton Community Gardens Guide

Posted by Ryan Dutka . on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 at 10:32pm.

Edmonton is a leading example of community gardens. There are over 30 community garden groupsin Edmonton; and over 60 different garden sites.

Community gardens bring many benefits to Edmontonians. -Provide recreation for young and old -Make neighbourhoods more beautiful -Produce healthy food -Create community spirit -Share gardening knowledge and experience

The City of Edmonton supports community gardens by Providing municipal land (with Partners-in-Parks agreements), Supporting Sustainable Food Edmonton, and advice and coordination to community leagues.

In the end, the goal of urban community gardens and the key to their success is the same: "Urban gardeners see numerous benefits, from a heightened sense of empowerment to a lighter grocery bill to lowered crime rates." ~ Rhea Kennedy, City Farmer News

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Alberta Avenue Community Garden

  • Location: 9210 118 Ave (behind the community league hall)
  • # of plots: 38
  • Size of plots: 12 ft x 10 ft
  • Gardening style: in ground plots
  • Plot fees: $15 + Alberta Ave Community League membership
  • Fertilizer/Pesticide use: only organic products

Each section between the chain link fence posts is a garden plot. Plots are not separated by walkways. Gardeners may put up a string or temporary boards to mark their area. Gardeners are also responsible for weeding along their section of chain link fence and to contribute one hour per month to upkeep and weeding in the community plots or around the community centre.

The community garden is for Alberta Avenue Community League members. Priority is given to resident members. If there is space, then associate (non-resident) members will be eligible for a plot.

The fees collected will be used to cover the purchase of materials and equipment for the garden. We also ask that all gardeners .

Tilling services will be available at $5.00 per plot for those interested. Water is supplied by the Community League, through a hose system around the perimeter of the fence, at no cost. There are also rain barrels. Picnic tables and seating is available in the back. Access to the building and bathrooms will only be available if the Caretaker is on site or if the Greenshack leaders are working. The space is generally secure but it is used for other purposes such as league events and festivals.

To learn more or to inquire about plot availability: http://www.albertaave.org/community-garden.html

Alex Taylor Garden

  • Location: East side of Alex Taylor School at 9321 Jasper Ave.
  • # of Plots: 17 - 10 raised beds, 4 square foot garden boxes & 3 ground-level plots.
  • Plot Size: Ten plots are 4' wide x 24' to 32' long. Four plots are 4 x 4'. Three plots are 10 x 10'. Total Garden Size: 165' x 75'
  • Number of Participants (2012): 39
  • Participant Criteria: None
  • Gardening Style: Raised beds, square foot garden boxes and ground level areas.
  • Fertilizer / Pesticide Use: Only organic products.

The Alex Taylor Community Garden began in 2004 Each of the gardeners plants and maintains their own garden plot. We also have common areas that gardeners work on collectively. These areas include: (1) a small herb garden, (2) a fruit garden with rhubarb, strawberries, raspberry canes and black currant bushes, and (3) perennial garden beds along the inside of the fence in the garden. There is great soil, two compost bins, a reliable water source ( from the school and a large rain barrel system), a garden shed with a variety of gardening tools, and a great mix of gardeners! They try to have monthly get-togethers for their gardeners, including barbeques and/or potlucks and information sessions.

THE FUTURE They hope to further expand the garden into the grass area on the north end of the garden. They plan to add another compost bin and set up a system to make the rain water more accessible to all gardeners.

For more information or to contact this garden about available plots or volunteering opportunities please email: [email protected]

Allendale Community Garden

  • Located at: Allendale Community League Hall - 6330 105A Street
  • Plot size(s): 4' x 10'
  • Total garden area: 1470 square feet
  • Gardening style: Raised – biointensive
  • Number of participants: 17

History: Began in the 2008 growing season

Goals: Bring people together in a healthy and productive way within the community Beautify the community property Provide a low-cost way for people to participate in local food production

There is a need for greater participation in clean up basic maintenance of the grounds, and filling of the rain barrels. They are presently working on a garden expansion and the addition of a community orchard. Stay tuned for updates!

For more information about the garden and plot inquiries [email protected]

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Bannerman Community Garden & Espalier Orchard

  • Location: 14034 23st
  • # of plots: 30 beds
  • # of trees: 50 to be planted over 3 years

Beverly Community Garden

  • Location of the Garden: 123rd Ave & 50th Street (beside Beverly Alliance Church parking lot)
  • Total Garden Area: N/A # of Plots: 50+
  • Plot size: gardeners have an option of a max. of 3 rows (each about 25 feet in length)
  • Gardening style: in ground plots + communal potato & dill rows
  • Fertiliser/Pesticide Use: N/A
  • # of Participants: 50+
  • Participant Criteria: Open to all but preference given to those within the community.
  • Fee: $10

Blue Gecko Garden (Inglewood Garden Association)

  • Location: 12525-116 Avenue
  • Number of Plots: 10
  • Plot Size: (eight 8&'x4&' and two 4&'x4&')
  • Total Garden Size: 50&' x 50&'
  • Number of Participants: 10+
  • Participant criteria: Community League membership and plot fee
  • Gardening Style: raised beds that are 24" high
  • Fertiliser / Pesticide use: as per City of Edmonton bylaws (City Property)
  • Planter box rental: One box 8&'x4&' per person/family $25 or one 4x4 plot $15.

The Blue Gecko Garden is a program under the Inglewood Community League.

The garden is on community league grounds, adjacent to the community centre building. Inglewood is a very diverse neighbourhood with seniors and apartment dwellers who have limited space to garden.

The Inglewood Community League saw a need and opportunity to strengthen their community by providing a place where people could come, meet, and garden together.

Availability/Volunteers If there are still unclaimed plots by the end of May they become available to people living outside of the neighbourhood

Contact Information http://inglewoodcl.com/communitygarden/ Laura Gallant: [email protected] , 780 453-8948 Margaret Seewalt: [email protected], 587 408-5307

Britannia-Youngstown Community Garden

  • Located at: 16604 102A Avenue
  • Number of plots: 12
  • Plot size(s): 3' x 5'
  • Gardening style: Raised beds
  • Number of participants: 31 families
  • Fee: none

The Britannia-Youngstown Community Garden Project is a partnership between the tenants of the Capital Housing Tenant Centre (located at Youngstown Complex) and the City of Edmonton. The project was developed based on priorities identified by residents in September 2006 to address a major increase in the ratio of crime activity in this location.

Additional project collaboration includes resources such a local community group Parent Link, Sustainable Food Edmonton (formerly Community Garden Network) and gardening resource people who are providing educational supports.

Since the beginning of the project there has been a huge outpouring of support. Initially 25 containers were purchased but with the zeal of the neighbourhood they now have 31 containers.

It should be noted that in the initial proposal, the Social Worker for the area accounted for extra purchases as a result of predicted vandalism. In a high-needs area such as Britannia-Youngstown it was almost certain that vandalism would be a persistent problem and yet to date there has been none reported!

The community is working together to help beautify their living space and promote a healthy neighbourhood.

Callingwood Road Community Garden

Location:

    Our Savior Lutheran Church - Callingwood Road & 184th Street.

This garden is currently in development and has just completed its initial pilot season with 3 raised beds and a children's garden (in 2013). To learn more or to get involved http://bit.ly/1hc1v6A.

Chappelle Community Garden

  • Location: 141 st and 28 Avenue, SW
  • # of Plots: approx. 38
  • Gardening Style: raised beds

Built as part of the Brookfield Residential Chappelle Gardens development, the garden was first started in 2012. Slowly but surely, the community of gardeners have come together to take ownership of the garden and to manage its co-ordination and management.

While there is a waiting list as more residents move into the area, the group continues to find creative ways to ensure as many members of the community can participate in the garden.

Clareview Community EcoGarden

  • Located at: 3629 145 Avenue (the site of Clareview Bible Church)
  • Number of plots: 35
  • Plot size(s): 10'x 20'
  • Total garden area: 8000 sq.ft.
  • Gardening style: in ground beds, biointensive method
  • Number of participants: 25 families
  • Fee: $15 fee plus 2 hours/month volunteer time

Clareview Community EcoGarden was established in 2000 as a project of the Personal Community Support Association of Alberta (formerly PCSA now Sustainable Food Edmonton).

In addition to families growing their own gardens, in 2002 the EcoGarden offered an opportunity for youth to garden and learn about their environment.

With funding provided by Environment Canada EcoAction and Alberta EcoTrust Foundation, and additional sponsorship from City of Edmonton Waste Management and Voices of the Soil, this project involved youth as young as age eight through to University, with age relevant activities to foster their understanding, demonstration, and leadership of environmental practices in soil building.

As soil ambassadors or stewards, 16 youth formed the leadership core of EcoYouth and were assigned to four teams to work at four community gardens during the 2002 growing season. They represented 10 different schools, range in age from 13 to19, and live throughout Edmonton, St. Albert, and the County of Parkland.

Children aged 8 to 12 expressed keen interest in topics introduced by the EcoYouth leadership core. In 2002, summer week-long EcoCamps at the Clareview Community EcoGarden provided fun activities which promoted earth citizenship, soil stewardship, water ecology and environmental awareness. Thanks to an Edmonton Lotteries Board grant, the EcoGarden now has a large bed accessible from a wheelchair.

The Clareview Community EcoGarden is managed by a volunteer garden management team. Clareview Bible Church donates the use of their property for the EcoGarden.

Water is collected in rain barrels using a water collection system devised to work with the Church building. As well, city water is available at the Church building.

The Clareview Community Eco-Garden sponsors a number of workshops related to organic gardening principles, and these workshops are open to the general public. The EcoGarden also has a business plan, garden operation guidelines and printed materials helpful to other community gardens.

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Dickinsfield Blooms Community Garden

  • Located at: Cardinal Leger Jr High School, 8808 - 144th Avenue
  • Number of plots: unknown
  • Plot size(s): Variable
  • Gardening style: raised beds.
  • Number of participants: 6 families
  • Fee: none

The Community of Dickinsfield is characterised in part by low income, single parent, immigrant and refugee families struggling through the day-to-day trials associated with poverty: inadequate housing, isolation, family violence, drug and alcohol abuse, racism, illiteracy, poor health and nutrition, teen pregnancy and youth crime.

In January 2007, with the help of an enthusiastic staff from the Dickinsfield Community Partnership and gardening committee the garden project, "Dickinsfield Blooms" Community Gardening Project was created. The first community gardening information session was held on April 12, 2007 11 families signed up to participate right then and there! Since that first meeting another 21 families have signed up for the project.

While originally Dickinsfield Blooms encouraged gardeners to take advantage of their own back yards, while coming together as a group to discuss techniques and tips, they are now gardening in the school's previously tended eco-garden.

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Eastwood Community Garden

  • Location of Garden: 119th Ave and 86th St. NW (north of league skating rink)
  • # of Plots: 6
  • Plot Size: Ranges from 4'x4' to 4'x10'
  • Total Garden Size: 2500 sq ft of active garden space; additional 1000 sq ft of passive space
  • # of Participants: 4
  • Gardening Style: Raised beds
  • Fertiliser/Pesticide Use: Herbicides and pesticides are not used.
  • Fee: Volunteer commitment required but no fee (as of 2013)

Membership is encouraged but residents can be within or outside of Eastwood neighbourhood. (Gardener's Agreement)

Vision and Mission for the garden: Eastwood Community Garden is a local initiative associated with Eastwood Community League. With raised beds, there is room for residents of the area to rub shoulders with one another as their hands are busy turning soil and planting seeds. It is a great way for Eastwood residents and people from surrounding communities to meet new people.

History and Development of the garden: The garden is located on a former alleyway which was transferred to parkland by the City of Edmonton and subsequently licensed to Eastwood Community League.

The garden is overseen by the gardeners as a small committee. This committee regularly reports back to the Community League what is being done on its licensed land.

There is space for expansion when demand increases.

Contact Info: For more information or to put your name forward for a plot next year, please email: [email protected]

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Generations Growing and Gardening Together South Edmonton

  • Located at: 24 Capital Regional Housing Complexes in South Edmonton
  • Plot size(s): 4' x 10'
  • Total garden area: 14,200 sq.ft.
  • Gardening style: Raised boxes
  • Number of participants: 610 families
  • Fee: $5.00

* Winner of the 2003 Silver Laurel Award

Their goal is to provide south Edmonton residents of Capital Regional Housing complexes with the opportunity to garden at their respective housing sites.

Generations Growing & Gardening Together (GGGT) is a partnership project with On "R" Own Home Society; City of Edmonton, Community Services; and Capital Regional Housing Corporation (CRHC).

Their goal is to provide south Edmonton residents of Capital Regional Housing complexes with the opportunity to garden at their respective housing sites.

The purposes of the project are: To develop skills in gardening. To provide fresh produce. To involve community members, i.e. seniors as volunteer mentors. To develop a mechanism whereby residents build friendships, exchange resources and enhance the beauty and security of their living environment, i.e. community building. To beautify their home and complex community.

Each year, a project co-ordinator is hired by On "R" Own Home Society, in partnership with the City of Edmonton, for four months during the summer to co-ordinate project activities in the complexes

Each participating complex has a resident who volunteers as the site co-ordinator. Together with the project co-ordinator and sponsoring agencies, they form a strong, passionate Members Board committed to keeping the communities' spirit strong.

They are moms and dads teaching their children life skills while gardening, grandparents and seniors who love to share their experiences and knowledge.

Grand Meadow Community Garden

  • Located at: 15 Grand Meadow Crescent (38 Avenue just west of 66 Street)
  • Number of plots: 27
  • Plot size(s): range from 3' x 3' to 3' x 16'
  • Gardening style: Raised beds
  • Number of participants: 20
  • Fee: $20.00 refundable deposit as well as participation in community garden events, site maintenance & seasonal cleanups

Grand Meadow Community Garden was conceived by Nancy Siever and Kerry Lyn Humphrey in 2008 as a way to use a vacant area of the lawn of Mill Woods United Church in a way that would involve the community and contribute to local food security.

Information/Co-ordinator: Mill Woods United Church 780-463-2202

Griesbach Veterans Community Garden

  • Located at: vicinity 153rd Avenue and the Griesbach Road with entrance at the north end of 108 Street
  • Number of plots: 200
  • Plot size(s): 25' x 20'
  • Total garden area: 102,000 sq.ft.
  • Gardening style: In-ground beds
  • Number of participants: 87 individuals, families, and groups

Added Feature: water available from a garden tap, every four gardens or 25 feet apart.

The Griesbach Veteran's Community Garden was established by a core of six veterans over the 2003–4 winter season.

It was previously known as the Garrison Horticultural Club which had been in existence for over 20 years. The land is very productive, with the capability of growing a variety of at least 40 types of vegetables within our 120 day growing season.

The growing season commences 15 Apr and normally terminates 1 Oct. The first Saturday in October is declared as general clean-up day for all individual gardens and everyone participates in the overall clean-up of all areas under our care and management.

They have a Rental agreement for each plot renter, an operation agreement with the land owner, and an agreement with Partners in Parks, not to be forgotten is the administrative assistance from Community Services.

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Heritage Community Garden

  • Location: NW corner of the southside Church of the Nazarene, 10712 29th Avenue
  • # of Plots: 31
  • Plot Size: Most are 4' X 8' OR 4' X 16'
  • Gardening Style: raised individual beds and common gardens
  • # of Families: 23

Heritage Community Garden values include organic gardening, food security, ecology, enjoyment, learning and teaching, and socialising .

Their mission is to develop a secure, ecological, organic garden through collaborative learning, teaching and support. Our guiding principles include: organic(no GMO), respect, support, working together, sharing, and labour commitments (contract).

The garden provides fresh air, sunshine, healthy organic food, work bees, potlucks, and a sacred space.

For more information or to join the garden, contact Sibina at [email protected] updated August 2013.

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Idylwylde Cheery Tomato Community Garden

  • Location of Garden: 8631 - 81 St -Number of Plots: 9 (when sized as 4'x8')
  • Plot Sizes: 4'x 4' to 4'x 8'
  • Total Garden Size: approx. 74' x 25'
  • Number of Participants: Phase 1 has 11 spots
  • Gardening Style: raised bed
  • Fertiliser / Pesticide use: organic gardening only

Participant criteria: (existing) Community league membership, some volunteer work required to help the garden function successfully.

The garden is on community league grounds, across the street from the Bonnie Doon Leisure Centre and tennis courts, with a small playground close by for young children. It is a nice relaxing spot to garden, visit with passers-by and enjoy the outdoors.

There are also cedar flower boxes and an (in-ground) flower bed on-site to brighten up the area.

Contact Information: For more information about the garden including upcoming meeting announcements,

Website: www.Idylwylde.org (see Garden News) Email: [email protected]

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Jardin communautaire / Community Garden Campus Saint-Jean

  • Location: Campus Saint-Jean, 8406 Rue Marie-Anne Gaboury (91st Street), west of the campus buildings
  • Number of plots: 27 plus a shared area for tall crops along the north fence
  • Plot size(s): 22' x 7'
  • Total garden area: 4900 sq.fe. (approx.)
  • Gardening style: in ground beds, organic
  • Number of participants: approximately 27 (some plots are shared) (2007)

The Jardin communautaire Campus Saint-Jean Community Garden allows Campus staff and community members to garden together, to produce wholesome food for themselves and to donate to community programs. They garden organically and work to reduce their impact on the environment by composting and responsible water use.

The garden enjoys unobstructed sunlight and is sheltered on the north and east by trees and campus buildings. A secure tool storage area is located under the stairs of a nearby building.

The gardeners are a mix of Campus Saint-Jean staff and members of the surrounding community and are both Francophone and Anglophone.

They endeavour to provide signage and communications in both languages. They are developing an innovative composting program which will add food scraps from the Residence to our garden waste to provide high-quality soil amendments and help reduce our impact on the environment.

A low fence was installed around the garden to keep out the local rabbits. There is a four-bin compositor, a bench, and some shelves for the tool storage area.

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The LIVINGbridge

The LIVINGbridge is an urban garden located atop an abandoned rail bridge in downtown Edmonton. It was inspired by urban designs which encourage a sense of community ownership and enjoyment of public green space.

The garden's location over 97th Street at 105th Avenue creates a unique opportunity to provide a new, distinctive vantage point of the city, and becomes a destination for relaxation, thereby beautifying and revitalising an under-utilised area and improving its perceived safety and value to the community.

The hope is to foster pride and community engagement for the Downtown Edmonton, McCauley and Boyle Street neighbourhoods that intersect its borders.

The garden is planted with native, drought resistant plants and indigenous edibles to lessen water consumption and reduce the environmental impact.

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McCauley Community Garden

  • Location of Garden: 9538-107 Avenue
  • Number of Plots: 18
  • Plot Size: 4' x 4'
  • Number of Participants: 50
  • Participant criteria (i.e. Community League Membership): The MCG aims to be inclusive and membership is open to those who live, work, volunteer, or go to school in the McCauley neighbourhood.
  • Gardening Style (i.e. raised beds): raised beds built from reclaimed beds from Peas Be With You CG and from the Boyle Street CGs
  • Fertiliser / Pesticide use: not allowed

MANDATE - The McCauley Community Garden will be a place to build connections and relationships and promote health and well-being through opportunities to garden, learn, and collaborate with one another.

They are also partnered with some local agencies working with residents, homeless populations and multicultural communities in McCauley (Multicultural Health Brokers Co-operative (MHBC) and the Mustard Seed).

With the recent closure of McCauley School, there is a thriving movement to develop a community garden on the former school's property.

E4C is working with community residents and Multicultural Health Brokers will recruit participants from their programs to build and allocate raised beds. Both agencies will offer programs for community members, families and children to learn about and grow vegetables and flowers in raised bed constructions.

Contact Information: [email protected]

Millwoods-Wagner Community Garden

  • Location of Garden: 6310 Wagner Road
  • Number of Plots: 22
  • Plot Size: 15' by 20'
  • Total Garden Size: 10,000 sq ft
  • Number of Participants: 36
  • Participant criteria: love of gardening
  • Gardening Style: in ground
  • Fertiliser / Pesticide use: organic only

The Millwoods Wagner Community Garden started growing in 2000, hosted behind W.P. Wagner High school. They are a very community minded garden and support a wide variety of gardeners.

They hold meetings the second Saturday of each month at 10:00 a.m. They generally consist of a short conversation about current business followed by a general work bee to help gardeners complete their required monthly hour of community service.

They try to have a pot luck at least two meetings per season to share what we have grown, celebrate our accomplishments and enjoy some time together.

Contact information [email protected] mwc-garden.com

Mount Carmel Community Garden

  • Location of Garden: 4725-106 Avenue
  • Number of Plots: 30
  • Plot Size: Varying – 1.5m x 3.5m, 1m x 4m
  • Total Garden Size: 215 m sq
  • Number of Participants: 15
  • Gardening Style (i.e. raised beds): in-ground beds
  • Fertiliser / Pesticide use: compost & fish emulsion

    Contact: [email protected]

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Oasis at the Bay

  • Located at: 10826 113 Street
  • Number of plots: 5
  • Plot size(s): 8' x 4'
  • Total garden area: 975 sq.ft.
  • Gardening style: Raised bed, organic

At the Bay Vista condo one resident noticed that in places like Switzerland and England, community gardens are tucked into all sorts of spaces. Including back alleys, between highways or rail lines. The idea was born. With Edmonton busting out with condos and apartment style living the residents realised a need for a green space.

Oasis at the Bay is more than just the garden plots at the rear of the property. Its a combined effort to transform the entire property.

Organic methods of growing and fertilising as well as intense methods of planting and growing have been adopted in the plots.

To accompany these principles compost bins have incorporated into the garden area for all residents to contribute to. For the gardeners this has resulted in the sharing of information, and actively learning together.

Patio gardening is highly encouraged in the building and the over flowing planters full of bright colours enhance the overall effect of the front landscape.

As is often now there are fresh flowers in their foyer, fruits and vegetables laid on the table for the taking, and the smell of fresh baked goods in the air as neighbours once strangers exchange hello's.

That is community gardening at Oasis at the Bay.

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Park West Community Garden

  • Located at: 19010 - 87 Avenue, adjacent to Covenant Christian Reformed Church
  • Number of plots: 39 (2007)
  • Plot size(s): 18' x 12'
  • Total garden area: ½ acre (2006)
  • Gardening style: In-ground beds and perennial beds

Park West Community Garden is sponsored by the Covenant Christian Reformed Church. The congregation sponsored the Single Parent Community Garden since 1993. In 2002, they relocated gardens adjacent to their new Church property at 19010 – 87 Avenue.

The ditch area is cleaned and left to naturalise. So far birds and frogs have returned to the area.

Park West Community Garden has an architecturally designed landscaped perennial garden, good soil, water, a tool shed, compost bin, and future plans include developing a quiet resting area complete with a gazebo. The site provides 30 vegetable plots with plans to expand to 50 plots.

Park West Community Garden welcomes anyone who has a desire to grow vegetables and/or flowers and wanting the benefits of gardening with friends and neighbours.

Plot rental fees are nominal. Gardening guidelines include being a good neighbour to your adjoining gardeners, good composting practices; stewardly use of the water and keeping the gardens organic.

They also have raspberries and rhubarb available for picking either by the public or the gardeners.

Parkallen Community Garden

  • Location of Garden: 65 Ave and 111 St, on the South side of Ellingson park
  • Number of Plots: No individual plots
  • Plot Size: No individual plots
  • Total Garden Size: 1250 square feet with plans to double
  • Number of Participants: 40
  • Gardening Style (i.e. raised beds): Permaculture
  • Fertiliser / Pesticide use: Not allowed
  • Fee: None

Participant criteria (i.e. Community League Membership): Residents of Parkallen, Parkallen school kids and neighbours are welcome. All ages. Junior gardeners welcome to join the Parkallen Sprouts.

The Parkallen Community Garden began construction in the Spring of 2011. It is a work in progress being cultivated by the Parkallen Diggers and a junior gardening group, The Parkallen Sprouts.

The Parkallen Diggers is a group committed to the ideals and principles of permaculture. Unlike many community gardens, the Parkallen Community Garden does not delegate separate plots to individual gardeners, rather, the garden is tended and harvested collectively by the group.

Rainwater is gently channelled towards the garden beds via a system of swells dug around the garden. In keeping with the principles of permaculture, the garden strives to be low-maintenance, organic and to contain only beneficial and edible plants.

The Parkallen Community Garden features a community compost, community fruit trees and shrubs, a low-impact and low-maintenance rain water collection system. We host an annual Harvest Potluck at the Parkallen Community Hall as well as numerous events just for junior gardeners.

Visit their blogs: http://parkallendiggers.org/ http://parkallensprouts.org/

The Parkallen Diggers and The Parkallen Sprouts are free to join at any time. E-mail [email protected]

Peace Garden Park in Oliver

  • Location of Garden: 10259 120 Street NW
  • Number of Plots: 87
  • Plot Size: approximately 4' x 7' for the 75 in-ground plots and approximately 3' x 5' for the 12 raised-bed plots
  • Total Garden Size: 2280 square feet of plot space out of the entire 0.24 hectare (0.6 acre) of park space
  • Number of Participants: over 116
  • Gardening Style: Raised beds and in-ground
  • Fertiliser / Pesticide use: Prohibited

Participant criteria: In the spirit of building a stronger community, all gardeners must have a current Oliver Community League membership

A community garden combined with a public park had not been attempted before in Edmonton. while challenging, these compromises were overcome thanks to the dedication and spirit of the Community League volunteers.

Today, Peace Garden Park is one of many programs of the Oliver Community League. As such, the garden affairs are co-ordinated by a Garden Director who is elected at the Community League Annual General Meeting each year.

All gardeners participate in the maintenance and care of the garden area. Many gardeners volunteer their time to organise garden events such as skill-sharing workshops and social gatherings.

The City of Edmonton Parks department maintains the trees, grass and border shrubs on site as part of the Partners In Parks agreement. The City also fills up the water well, and the electricity in the shed although they are paid for it.

Today, the site is a colourful, living, and friendly space for the community

Oliver Community League has a keen interest in helping other community gardens start up around the neighbourhood.

Please contact us at the email address below. To sign up for the garden plot wait list, visit the Website.

E-mail: [email protected]

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Richfield Community Garden

  • Location: Keegano Housing Co-operative. Between 86th Street and Richfield Road approximately 86 street and 36A Avenue
  • Gardening style: In boxes

The Richfield Community Garden is a member-based, organic garden project which aims to provide individuals and families with a space to grow fresh produce and flowers.

Established in 1997 the garden is a series of thirty-one raised beds located on the pipeline right-of-way at adjacent to the Keegano Housing Co-operative – Edmonton, Mill Woods,

In keeping with the intent of the original grant proposal The Richfield Community Garden continues to be a gathering point for the community—a place where neighbours meet, share stories and gardening tips.

Keegano Housing Co-operative supplies the Richfield Community Garden with water (at a very reasonable cost of $50.00 per season) as well the garden storage shed is located on co-op property.

A new adventure in gardening that has been taking shape all spring. Two garden members are going to conduct a pilot project and turn their garden plots into "Square Foot Gardens".

This concept is expected to give higher produce yields in a smaller space as well as use less seed, water, soil and fertiliser.

Rio Gardens

  • Location: Behind Rio Terrace Moravian Church 15108 76 Ave NW
  • Number of Plots: 20 beds
  • Plot Size: 4 x 12 x 2 ft
  • Total Garden Size: 20 beds and growing.
  • Number of Participants: Approx. 30
  • Participant criteria: Everybody with an association to the community.
  • Gardening Style (i.e. raised beds): Raised beds.
  • Fertiliser / Pesticide use: We encourage the use of organic fertilisers and do not allow chemical pesticides.

Rio Gardens! is a relatively new garden. It started in 2010 as a pilot project with 2 beds and grew to 20 beds the summer of 2011 They have meetings at the convenience of members, usually on week days in the evenings.

The spring 2014 they invited an award winning gardener to come speak to the group and the community. They are hoping to have other events like this in the future including a composting Q and A.

Contact Information: Facebook - Rio Community Gardens Ann Smreciu (780) 722-4396 Stephanie Wood @ Stephanie.w[email protected]

Riverdale Community Garden

  • Location of Garden: 9231-100 Ave
  • Number of Plots: 24
  • Plot Size: approximately 14' x 5' (most are shared plots)
  • Total Garden Size: 13 x 29 metres
  • Number of Participants: 35
  • Participant criteria: membership to any community league
  • Gardening Style: in-ground with plans to build some raised beds
  • Fertiliser / Pesticide use: none

They are in year two of growing in their garden and are still adding new features. They have plans for three raised beds and a bike rack, as well as an edible tree and shrub section. A common gathering space will also be built.

The garden is run as a program through the community league and has a strong relationship with the community cafe: They collect and compost their organic materials and are growing herbs for them!

There are regular work bees to improve the garden and share knowledge. There have been workshops on rainwater harvesting, permaculture, vermi-composting, and fruit selection and growing. There is a bird feeder and a bird bath.

They worked with a landscape architect to develop the garden, as well as the larger redevelopment project and invite interested gardeners to contact them via messaging them on www.riverdalians.net

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Strathcona Rail

  • Location of the garden: 105 St & 85-86 Ave (along tramway)
  • # of Participants: 45 (2012)
  • Fertiliser/Pesticide use: fertiliser is in water trucked in from City.

Participant criteria: serving residents of the Strathcona, Garneau and Queen Alexander communities

History: This land has been used as a garden space for over 25 years. Large lots were leased to individual lessees. The land was recently redesignated for the purpose of a community garden in 2009.

The garden is now named the Strathcona Rail Community Garden and has an operating Board and several committees in place to take on varying responsibilities.

Mission Statement: Strathcona Community Garden&'s mission is to provide gardening opportunities and education for members committed to the work and enjoyment involved by providing support, structure and governance.

Co-operation: Sharing resources and knowledge; working together for common benefit; Empowerment: the garden and gardeners empower each other to be self- sufficient and know they are capable of achieving success. Especially in these difficult economic times, there is a need to be able to do things for ourselves;

Contact the garden or send an email to: [email protected]

Sustain SU Campus Community Garden

  • Location of Garden: 89th Avenue between 110th and 111th street
  • Number of Plots: One communal plot
  • Plot Size: N/A
  • Total Garden Size: Over 300 m2
  • Number of Participants: Approximately 60 volunteers
  • Gardening Style: Communal plots, featuring in-ground and raised beds growing fruit, vegetables, and herbs.
  • Fertiliser / Pesticide use: Organic, sustainable methods.
  • Fee: Free to all participants! Tools and supplies provided by Sustain SU.

Participant criteria: Open to all U of Alberta students, staff, faculty, and to all community members. The Campus Community Garden was created in 2003 and focuses on promoting social, environmental, and economic sustainability.

All volunteers share in the harvest, which includes a wide variety of annual and perennial vegetables, fruits, and herbs.

The goals of the garden are to: -Promote local, organic food production by growing food in a sustainable manner, without the use of pesticides, chemicals or genetically modified plants. -Provide organic, local, fresh and healthy food for garden volunteers. -Promote food security for the wider Edmonton community through a joint partnership with the Campus Food Bank (http://campusfoodbank.com/). -Provide an opportunity for nature-connected recreation. -Promote cultivation of local, heirloom, hardy and easily managed vegetables.

Interested gardeners can contact SU Community Garden by email at: [email protected]

More information about the garden can be found on Sustain SU&'s Website: http://www.su.ualberta.ca/services/sustainsu/garden/

Volunteers can also receive weekly updates about the garden by joining the listserv: http://greybanana.su.ualberta.ca/mailman/listinfo/sustain.gardens

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Terwillegar Community Garden

  • Located at: Corner of Taylor Green and Terwillegar Common
  • Number of plots: ~60
  • Plot size(s): 10' x 10'
  • Gardening style: Raised bed plots
  • Number of participants: 45 members (2011)
  • Fertiliser/Pesticide use: none

Qualifications: A desire to garden and participate in the achieving the vision and mission of the Terwillegar Community Garden. History: The idea for the Terwillegar Community Garden Program started in 2006 with an attempt to locate a suitable site by a small group of interested and dedicated people.

In 2009 a suitable site for the garden was found on the Terwillegar Community League lands on Terwillegar Way.

Goals: The vision of the Terwillegar Community Garden Program is: "To tend an enduring and evolving, environmentally conscious and sustainable community garden; endeavouring to cultivate camaraderie and extend enriching and educational experiences to everyone."

Their mission is to: Provide members with the opportunity to grow "organically", without the use of herbicides or pesticides, vegetables and flowers in a suitable environment at relatively low cost They have: secured the water supply, obtained a garden shed through donation, had a site fenced by the City.

To contact this garden or for plot inquiries: [email protected]

The Queen Community Garden

  • Location: 11112 109 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB, T5H 1E1 Directly behind the Chinese Baptist Church.
  • Number of Plots: 34
  • Plot size: 4 feet X 10 feet
  • Garden style: In ground

"The Queen" officially opened in 2010 due to a the hard work of interested gardeners and strong partnership with the Queen Mary Park Community league (QMPCL), the Edmonton Chinese Baptist Church (ECBC) and the Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton (SAGE).

The Queen invites folks from all surrounding neighbourhoods to come and garden there. They have two large water tanks, a shed with plenty of tools and lots of events throughout the year to meet other gardeners.

Their motto is "Come Grow With Us".

CONTACT Email: [email protected] Website: www.thequeen.shorturl.com/

Touchmark at Wedgewood

  • Located at: Touchmark at Wedgewood, 18333 Lessard Road
  • Number of plots: 6
  • Plot size(s): 30 sq. ft.
  • Gardening style: In-ground
  • Number of participants: 6

The homes at Touchmark provide for some a patio or Bungalow yards for the Independent residents. The Heath Services Neighbourhood (Long Term Care) has a Courtyard called Fountain Park.

They have undergone a huge Planting Project in 2012 which has a formal plan design and is welcoming donations. Much work has been done including a new Fountain and raised flower beds. When done this will be their Healing Garden.

The Touchmark Community Vegetable Garden has been going for 7 years as an extension of our Life Enrichment programs. The goal is to provide the residents with a space to garden and share their harvest with the rest of the community.

The resident gardeners are pleased with their effort and it is very much organised by them.

Trinity Community Garden

  • Location: 100 Street & 81st Avenue
  • # of Plots: all communal
  • Plot Size: varies
  • Total Garden Size: growing areas in both the north and south sides of 81 Ave at 100 Street.
  • # of Participants: 15
  • Fertiliser/Pesticide use: only organic; active compost.
  • Gardening Style: some raised beds and in ground beds.

Participant Criteria: gardeners must be willing to work communally to tend the garden; priority is given to people living in the neighbourhood and without other gardening opportunities.

The garden is on church land but gardeners do not need to be members of the Church. The garden started organising in 2012 with the inaugural year being 2013 and it continues to grow and develop. Trinity received a SFE grant Oct. 2013! Shed is already built! Next step: Fully develop the beds north of 81 Ave.

At this point they have capacity for 1-5 more gardeners in 2014. Contact them through the "About" page of their Website

Andrea at [email protected] Or check out our blog: http://trinitycommunitygarden.wordpress.com/about/.

Twin Brooks Community Garden

  • Location: 1510 119St NW In the Twin Brooks District and Nature Park, right next to Twin Brooks Close
  • Number of Plots: 27 plots (for paid members).
  • Plot Sizes: Plot sizes vary from 100 sq.ft. to 450 sq.ft. (for paid members). Neighbour garden plots are about 30 sq.ft.
  • Total Garden Size: 9700 sq.ft of growing area.
  • Total Participants: 25 (end of season 2013)
  • Gardening Style: Ground Plots, Organic fertilisers only. No Pesticides.

Additional tiny plots are available for neighbour gardeners. The committee is currently considering making another 6 or 8 plots available for members (2014).

Participant Criteria: Members must belong to a community league. While the garden is in Twin Brooks, you do not need to live in Twin Brooks to have a garden plot so long you have a membership in any community league.

Garden History The Community Garden Committee has been actively working since 2009

Contact Info: Twin Brooks Web Site

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Urban Eden Community Garden

Downtown Edmonton: Walk-through community garden

  • Location of Garden: 9910 Bellamy Hill Road
  • Total Garden Area: Approximately 500 square feet
  • Number of Plots: 37
  • Plot Size: 14' x 4' and 7' x 4'
  • Gardening Style: Raised beds (1 per household) and communal flower beds
  • Fertiliser / Pesticide use: Only organic products
  • Number of Participants (2013): 59

Edmonton's downtown residents created a community garden at Bellamy Hill and 98 Avenue. Rather than fencing the gardens, as often occurs, they maintained the natural walking path through the garden, inviting non-gardeners to explore the space. Contact: (780) 423-2285 ext 134, email [email protected]

Participant criteria: Residency in the downtown core (the quadrant between 96 St and 111 St, from 104 Ave south to the River)

Urban Eden is an organic garden with no artificial herbicides and pesticides allowed. Communal areas are planted with annual and perennial flowers and grasses.

Gardeners' plots are their own choice with most growing vegetables and herbs. Mission: The purpose of the Urban Eden Downtown Community Garden is three-fold: 1. To build a sense of community among downtown neighbours. 2. To use and enhance vacant land within the downtown core. 3. To allow people to garden and produce their own food

Overview: Urban Eden Community Garden is an independent group of gardeners holding an annual contract with the City of Edmonton through the Partners in Parks program.

It is administered by an elected committee consisting of a Community Garden Co-ordinator, Secretary, Treasurer and Communications Co-ordinator. They recently included an Events and Social Committee, Flower Committee and add other positions as needed seasonally from volunteers from within the membership.

All gardeners are required to contribute 2 hours per month towards site maintenance which includes mowing, trimming, weed control, filling water barrels, watering communal beds, picking up litter and participating in work projects.

History: Urban Eden Community Garden was built in 2006. Its predecessor, Over the past 13 years, Urban Eden has hosted community events including potluck suppers, group visits, walking tours, cycling tours, meditation groups and an annual open house.

Contact information: e-mail request for the phone number to [email protected] http://www.decl.org/programs/our-urban-eden-community-garden/

You may also ask any gardener on site to take your full contact information for our mailing list.

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Victory Rooftop Gardens

  • Location of Garden: 10015 - 103 Avenue, The Churchill Retirement Community, 3rd Floor Rooftop
  • Number of Plots: 45
  • Plot Size: containers measuring up to 3 feet in diameter
  • Number of Participants: 20
  • Participant criteria: must live in the Churchill Retirement Community
  • Gardening Style: containers
  • Fertiliser / Pesticide use: fertiliser use permitted

The Victory Roof Top Gardens situated at The Churchill Retirement Community in downtown Edmonton allows our residents to stay connected with nature and the continued joy and satisfaction of growing the things they love, whether that's a rose or a tomato.

Gardeners bring and tend to their own plants as well as contribute their ideas and time to the common pots. Gardeners meet at the beginning of the season to plan the garden but don't meet When the work is done, Victory Roof Top Gardens is a lovely place to sit back, relax and "watch the flowers grow".

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Wecan Cooperative Community Garden

  • Garden location: 240-3210 118 Ave NW
  • Garden contact: or call 780-479-5443.
  • Gardening style: In-ground
  • Garden size: approx. 6 acres
  • # of plots: 60

The Wecan Community Garden has been operating for more than 14 years and allows individuals to learn the values of patience and supplement a healthy selection of fresh fruit and vegetables.

Presently, Wecan overseas 60 garden plots, many of which are tended by Latin American families which are given the opportunity to grow vegetables native to their countries of origin. Each family pays a minimal fee, signs a gardener's contract, and agree to donate a portion of their harvest to the Food Bank. Most of the families have low incomes and grow fresh vegetables to supplement what they would otherwise be unable to afford. These families are also taught to pickle and freeze their produce.

To learn more visit their Website. http://www.wecancooperative.ca/WECANcommunitygarden.htm

Westmount Veggie Garden

  • Location of Garden: 10970 127 St
  • Number of Plots: 23
  • Plot Size: 14' x 4' / 7' x 4' / 4' x 2'
  • Total Garden Size: 30' x 50'
  • Number of Participants: 25
  • Gardening Style: raised beds, lasagna method, organic
  • Fertiliser / Pesticide use: none

Participant criteria: Members must be willing to contribute volunteer hours toward committee work and helping to build the next phase of the garden; Community League Membership receives priority

The concept of a community garden in Westmount was initiated by a core group of enthusiastic people determined to plant in the summer of 2010 come rain, snow, sleet or hail.

That fall, members harvested a variety of herbs, potatoes, squash and peppers.

The garden is operated under the Westmount Community League and is partnered with the Community Eco Garden initiative, the Transition Town initiative, as well as other community leaders.

The shed was built in April 2012, after acquiring special permission to build a cedar shed. Holding a landscape design workshop for Westmount community members, facilitated by an award-winning local landscape designer.

Laying down pathways of gravel and pea stone between the beds. adding another cistern and water barrel to the garden&'s rain catchment system. Adding another 6 beds to the garden.

There are coming out to work bees and WVG meetings (third Wednesday evening of each month at the Westmount Community Hall) is a good way to meet the gardeners, become active in the WVG, and find out how your skills can contribute to making our garden grow.

Contact email: [email protected] http://www.westmountcommunityleague.com/

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