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Connecting community garden leaders to share best practices, strategies and solutions.

Sustain Ontario, in conjunction with Hamilton-Wentworth Green Venture and other partners, are working toward an Ontario-wide network for community gardens. This network first developed through e-mail conversations amongst various community garden network coordinators, when it was recognized that collaboration and the sharing of information between networks could be very advantageous. The first network meeting was at the 2012 Toronto Urban Agriculture Summit, where the potential benefits of a province-wide network were discussed and connections between people were formed.

 

The potential objectives of this provincial network are to:

– Identify common challenges and opportunities
– Share ‘success’ stories
– Influence community gardening policy at the provincial-level
– Share tools and resources with municipal staff and community groups
– Network and keep open channels of communication for support
– Source collaborative funding opportunities

We’re still looking for regional partners to be involved and provide input! For more information and to join our e-mailing list please contact: communitygardens@sustainontario.ca.

Check out our map of regional community garden networks!


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Check out the map of  Equal Ground Community Gardens. Equal Grounds Community Gardens has been initiating community gardens throughout Brantford since 2009. They provide assistance and support to a vast network of community garden projects. They currently support and maintain a total of 33 active community gardens throughout the city including 12 garden sites found in neighbourhood parks and public spaces

Working List of Community Garden Programs in Ontario

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Albion Hills Community Farm

Algoma Food Network

Barrie Community Garden Program

Brockville Community Garden Network

Burlington Community Gardens

Community Gardens Network Chatham-Kent

Durham Integrated Growers

Ecosource Community Gardens

We are all about changing the world, right in our own backyard! We are leaders in  grassroots environmental education in the Region of Peel. Our staff works in  schools and throughout the community, delivering interactive learning  experiences that inspire youth and adults to take actions that make a huge  difference to the health of the planet. We are proud to work with over 30,000 students and teachers in our waste education programs, over 1,000 students with the Peel Environmental Youth Alliance as well as over 3,000 youth and adults in our community-based organic gardening and stewardship programs each year!

We believe that when people realize how much impact their daily choices have on our environment, they will choose to become better environmental citizens. And we believe that most people are ready and willing to make those changes – they just need information and support. Our vision is to move public attitudes and perceptions about environmental issues toward responsible personal action, while inspiring personal accountability for the viability of the planet!

Location: Mississauga and Peel Region, Ontario

Contact: Carolyn Bailey – Associate Director

Website // Facebook // Twitter

Number of Gardens: ~15

Number of Gardeners: 300+

 Equal Ground Community Gardens Mission: To promote healthy, sustainable, food secure communities through the support and creation of community gardens. Equal Grounds Community Gardens has been initiating community gardens throughout Brantford since 2009. They provide assistance and support to a vast network of community garden projects. They currently support and maintain a total of 33 active community gardens throughout the city including 12 garden sites found in neighbourhood parks and public spaces.  

Equal Grounds Community Gardens increased its capacity in March 2015 by the merger of two existing groups with a similar goal of creating community gardens in our city. They promote local initiatives that recognize the importance, desire and need for residents to grow their own food, even in urban settings. 

These gardens, maintained fully by community residents and volunteers, provide places for growing local, healthy and nutritious fruits and vegetables here in our city and neighbourhood parks.

Website https://www.egcgbrant.com    

Gmail EqualGroundCommunityGardens@gmail.com

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CommunityGarden/

Twitter  https://twitter.com/equal_ground

YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCF0JAiMZ4GrNFNYNeyBvfDw/featured

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/equal_ground/

Housing Services Corporation

Urban agriculture is a great way to support community revitalization and the health of your neighbourhoods by improving access to fresh and healthy produce and developing food-related enterprises.   Housing Services Corporation (HSC) supports the development of resident-led urban agriculture and food initiatives through Social and Environmental Enterprise Development (SEED).

Location: Ontario-Wide

Contact: Emily Martyn – Community Animation Program Lead

Website

Number of Gardens: ~200

Number of Gardeners: 10 Housing Providers, 10 Gardeners, Larger Informal Network

Greening Sacred Spaces Halton

 

Guelph Wellington Food Round Table

The Community Gardens Program is a new program that is now being implemented after a successful two year pilot project.  Several volunteers at each test garden worked hard through flooding, droughts, dozens of meetings and hundreds of conversations and, many organizations made community garden dreams a reality by offering money, materials, seeds, plants, time and knowledge.  The Community Garden pilots became a source of pride, exercise, friendship and of course fresh food. We look forward to neighbourhoods throughout the city reaping the benefits of community gardening.

Location: Guelph and Wellington County, Ontario

Contact: Kelly Guthrie – Community Engagement Coordinator

Website // Facebook // Twitter

Number of Gardens: 12

Number of Gardeners: 90-150

 

THaliburton Community Garden Networkhe Haliburton Highlands  Community Garden Network  is a group of community gardens, garden projects, and community partners in the Haliburton Highlands working together to create and expand community gardens while learning from each other about growing and eating garden fresh foods.

Location: Haliburton County, Ontario

Contact: Megan Strong – Chair

Website

Number of Gardens: 14

Number of Gardeners: 150

 

Growing and Sharing Food in Halton

Much of Halton used to be fertile agricultural lands that have since been converted to suburban  development. Through this project, it is our goal to increase the resilience of the local food system  and the communities in Halton, through joint community activities and re-learning of food growing  skills, harvesting and home-processing skills. There will be an initial focus on the Burlington-  Oakville corridor as they are in greatest need of fresh, local produce. All of these initiatives support  the recently adopted Halton Food Charter by the Halton Food Council .

Several municipalities, including Toronto, Guelph and Hamilton, have started fruit and vegetable gleaning programs that benefit the owner of the tree/crop, the volunteer pickers and a local food bank. As a result, this fresh produce is diverted from becoming waste while the pickers are getting outdoors, meeting neighbours and enjoying local food!

Location: Halton Region, Ontario

Contact: Melissa Tervit – Program Coordinator

Website // Twitter

Number of Gardens: 18

Number of Gardeners: 300
Website

City of Kawartha Lakes

Kawartha Choice FarmFresh consists of a dynamic group of farmers, producers, chefs and retailers who promote and sell agricultural products grown and produced in the Kawartha Region.

The Kawartha Region has long been associated with producing world-class agricultural products. An abundance of clean air, fresh water, and rich farmland provide for products that rival the best in the world. From beef to buffalo, honey to maple syrup, or apples to sweet corn, the Kawartha Choice FarmFresh logo is your assurance of the quality and integrity of locally grown products.

The City of Kawartha Lakes is currently developing its community gardens policy and program through the municipality’s Food Action Plan.

Location: Kawartha Lakes, Ontario

Contact: Carlie Arbour – Agriculture and Food Programs Coordinator

Website // Twitter

Kingston Community Garden Network


London Community Gardens

Niagara Community Gardens

North Bay Community Garden Working Group

 

Orillia Community Gardens Website Banner

Orillia Community Gardens is a grassroots network of community gardens and gardeners. Our mission is to grow a sustainable and interconnected network of community gardens around the city.

Community gardens serve many important goals. Most importantly however in a time of increasing hunger, and a multidimensional food crisis, community gardens increase access to healthy sustainable food for all. These gardens beautify neighbourhoods and create habitat for biodiversity and rare food plants.

Since the Spring of 2009 Orillia Community Gardens has inspired or assisted in the co creation of over half a dozen community gardens in the Orillia area and many more around the world, like Midland and Finland!

Location:  Orillia, Simcoe County, Ontario

Contact:  Jacob

Website // Facebook // Twitter

Community Gardens in Old Ottawa East

Community Gardening Network of Ottawa

Oshawa Community Gardens

One Tomato

One Tomato was inspired by the Victory Gardens of World War II. Victory Gardens were home-grown vegetable gardens promoted by the U.S. and Canadian governments during WWII. In 1943, in a radical act of war support, Eleanor Roosevelt had the front lawn of the White House ploughed up, and she planed a Victory Garden. This year, First Lady Michelle Obama has also planted a victory garden at the White House.

During the war, American gardeners grew about forty percent of the produce eaten in the U.S., all from plots planted in any available space including front lawns, vacant city lands, parks, and school yards.

Today, we have enough space to feed everyone, we just have to change green space to food space.

One Tomato was launched by Megan O’Neil and Darren Hakker on Earth Day in 2009 to encourage residents in Sarnia, Ontario to plant, grow and eat more vegetables, giving their extras to local food banks.

Location: Sarnia, Ontario

Contact: Darren Hakker – Co-founder and Media Director

Website // Facebook // Twitter

Number of Gardens: ~10

Number of Gardeners:  ~100

Peterborough Community Garden Network

Seeds for Change

 

 

Seeds For Change (SFC) is a grass-roots community organization, partnered with the York Region Food Network (YRFN), a CRA registered charity, to create healthier neighbourhoods through school and community gardens.

SFC’s school gardens and outdoor classrooms encompass organic cultivation methods and food production. Our community gardens foster multicultural and intergenerational relationships. We are facilitating York Region’s anticipated exponential growth, creating environmentally sustainable communities with a social conscience, increasing volunteerism throughout the region and emphasizing the importance of “giving back”.

Location: York Region

Contact: Lynne Koss – Founder

Website // Facebook // Twitter

Number of Gardens: 6

Number of Gardeners: 100

Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry Community Gardens Network
Thunder Bay Community Garden Collective

Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario

Contact: Catherine Schwartz Mendez – Public Health Nutritionist

Website

Number of Gardens: 12

Number of Gardeners: 100

Toronto Community Garden Network

City of Toronto Community Gardens
Wahgoshig First Nations

Nestled in a village near Matheson Ontario with a population of 234, the Wahgoshig First Nation reserve encompasses 19, 239 acres; the north end meets the south shore of Abitibi Lake, which divides North Eastern Ontario from North Western Quebec. Accessible from Highway 101, the village occupies 70 hectares of flat land adjacent to Blueberry Lake. West of the village the land becomes a perfect habitat for moose, bears, grouse and other game.

Location: Black River/Matheson, Ontario

Contact: Elizabeth Babin

Website

Number of Gardens: 22 and a 50′ greenhouse

Number of Gardeners: ?

CGC

The Community Garden Council of Waterloo Region is a group of individuals dedicated to  helping community gardens grow and prosper.

We envision a strong, supportive infrastructure enabling residents to plant and harvest their  own food.Our mission is to promote and sustain community gardens throughout Waterloo  Region.

Location: Regional Municipality of Waterloo

Contact: Carol Popovic – Public Health

Website

Number of Gardens: 60

Number of Gardeners: 1300

Windsor Essex Community Supported Agriculture

The Windsor-Essex Community Garden Collective provides residents with an opportunity to engage in a healthy recreational activity while growing nutritious food, benefiting from social interaction by meeting neighbours, and building community ties while learning about the growing cycle and beautifying public open space.

Location: Windsor-Essex County, Ontario

Contact: Steve Green – Network Coordinator

Website // Facebook

Number of Gardens: 15

Number of Gardeners: 250

Regional Municipality of York

Selected Resources

Toronto Community Housing’s Community Gardening Manual

Toronto Community Housing’s Community Gardening Resource Guide

Region of Waterloo Public Health’s Community Garden Storytelling Project

“Community Gardens: A Tool for Community Building” by Dena Warman

Benefits and Barriers to Implementing and Managing Well Rooted Community Gardens in Waterloo Region, Ontario” by Cheryl Dow

“Success on the Ground: Case Studies of Urban Agriculture in a North American Context” by Noah Shumate

“Community Garden Policy Scan, November 2013” Halton Food Council