A Community Garden is a group of people coming together to nurture, develop, and sustain a growing space in their community. There are over 75 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 Grow… People
Community gardens provide many benefits to Edmontonians including:
- Recreation for all ages
- Beautification of neighbourhoods
- Healthy food production
- Community building
- Places to share gardening knowledge and experience
The City of Edmonton Supports Community Gardens By:
- Supporting Sustainable Food Edmonton
- Making municipal land available for community gardens
- Supporting Urban Agriculture in Edmonton, with recent amendments to zoning bylaws including:
- Establishing three new land use classes - Urban Outdoor Farms, Urban Indoor Farms, and Urban Gardens. These new land use classes officially create a place for urban agriculture and distinguish it from related activities, such as conventional farming, greenhouses, plant nurseries and garden centres.
- Excluding gardening for personal use from requiring a development permit.
- Excluding community gardens from requiring a development permit on City Parkland. Note that in some cases, gardens will require a development permit (for example, if large amenities such as water lines, fixed benches/picnic tables, large sheds are planned for the site).
New Garden Projects
There are many sites available on which to build community gardens, including private and public land. If you want to develop or expand a community garden project on City of Edmonton parkland, you will need to follow the Community Garden Development Process Flowchart which outlines the main steps and supports available to complete this process.
Grant funding for new, pilot and expansion or renovation garden projects is administered by Sustainable Food Edmonton. Review grant guidelines, forms and templates prior to submission. The grant application deadlines are February 28 and May 31, 2018.
If you need more information on starting a garden project in Edmonton, contact your Neighbourhood Resource Coordinator by calling 311 or send an email to the Community Greening Coordinator.
Community gardens are community-led and operated projects. You can find a garden near you by navigating the City of Edmonton Community Gardens map. This map contains gardens in Edmonton that have public membership, but some may not have plots currently available. Please contact garden groups directly regarding membership inquiries.