There are over 90 community garden sites now operating throughout the Capital region 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).
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 Group Led Construction Projects Guide. The Community Garden Development Process Flowchart 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 deadline is Wednesday, May 31, 2017.
If you need more information on starting a garden project in Edmonton, contact your Community Recreation 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. Please contact garden groups directly regarding membership inquiries.