What is a Community Garden?

Community gardens are places where neighbours share the basic resources of land, water, and sunlight. They work together and alongside one another to nurture, develop and sustain a growing space in their community. There are over 80 community garden sites now operating in Edmonton promoting local, organically grown food; healthy and active lifestyles; and safer, more vibrant and connected communities.

Community gardens provide many benefits to Edmontonians including:

  • Recreation for all ages
  • Beautification of neighbourhoods
  • Healthy food production
  • Opportunities for community building
  • Offering places to share gardening knowledge and experience

If you want to develop or expand a community garden project on City of Edmonton parkland, you will need to follow the Community Group Led Construction Projects Guide which outlines the main steps and supports available to complete this process. 

The  Community Garden Guidelines further outline the permit/license structure and best practices or requirements for garden design and installation.  Edible landscaping projects, such as orchards and fruiting shrub beds, now fall under community gardens and are addressed in the Community Garden Guidelines.