Co-operative Garden Project
There’s nothing better than enjoying fresh fruits and vegetables from your own garden!
The purpose of this project is to support, expand or establish community-based fruit and vegetable gardens at local organizations with extra land, which could be gardened, such as churches, and helping them to connect with eager volunteer gardeners who have no/limited land available.
Unlike allotment or plot gardens, these gardens are co-operatively run so volunteers all share in the planning, planting, maintaining and harvesting of the garden.
We will provide basic supplies and training on organic gardening methods as well as lend/supply tools. The yield will be divided among the volunteers and the local food banks.
We are currently working with 6 gardens throughout Halton:
- Oakville Community Garden (near Kerr & Rebecca)
- Central Park Community Garden (Burlington)
- Acton Community Garden (at Rotary Park)
- Clearview Neighbourhood Garden (Clearview Church)
- Applemead Co-op Garden (Burlington)
- Support Housing of Halton (Oakville)
- Salvation Garden (Salvation Army Lighthouse Shelter)
If individual residents have extra space in their yards, they can also contact us to help facilitate a “match” with one or more volunteers who live nearby and would like to grow their own food. We have assisted in the creation of 2 backyard community gardens this year:
- Share Land Share Life Community Garden
- Viva Music Community Garden
Post-harvest preserving and other related gardening workshops are planned throughout the season.
If you are interested in becoming involved with this project, please contact:
Melissa Tervit, Project Coordinator
If you are thinking of starting your own community garden, please review the month by month guide prepared by FoodShare for an outline of the resources you will need.
For Accessible gardening ideas or plans, please refer to 'The Enabling Garden' by Gene Rothbert. You can also visit Guelph's Enabling Garden website.
Article: 'Managing Insects Naturally in the Vegetable Garden' by George Bushell