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.
City of Edmonton Supports
The City of Edmonton supports Community Gardens by:
Making municipal land available for community gardens
Supporting Urban Agriculture in Edmonton, with amendments to zoning bylaws including:
Establishing 3 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).
Find a Garden or Update Garden Information
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.
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 which outlines the main steps and supports available to complete this process.