Community gardens enable Victoria residents to grow their own vegetables, fruit and flowers, and enhance local food security.
JOIN A GARDEN!
The City has three different types of community gardens:
- Allotment Gardens have individual garden plots that are maintained and harvested by individual gardeners.
- Commons Gardens are maintained by community volunteers and can be harvested by all residents.
- Community Orchards are groves of fruit or nut trees in a public park. A community group participates in the care, maintenance, and harvesting of the trees and the harvest is shared with the local community.
Allotment gardens, community orchards, and commons gardens are coordinated by a number of non-profit organizations in the City. To sign up for a space in an allotment garden, or to get involved with one of the commons gardens or community orchards, the contact information for each garden is listed below.
START A GARDEN!
The Community Gardens Policy encourages local non-profit organizations to establish community gardens. It defines community gardens as a plot of land where community volunteers from a non-profit society produce food, flowers, native and ornamental plants, edible berries and food perennials on public and private lands. Click here to read more about the Community Gardens Policy [PDF - 117 KB]
If you’re interested in starting a community garden in your neighbourhood, contact the City of Victoria Parks Division at 250.361.0600 or firstname.lastname@example.org. City Staff will help you determine whether the site you’ve selected is appropriate for community gardening, and will help guide you through the process of preparing and submitting your application.
Due to limited resources, the City may not be able to advance all garden applications received in a given year. Applications will be prioritized based on a number of criteria including: current uses of the proposed site, size of the project, demonstrated need for the project within the neighbourhood, demonstrated interest in the project, and proximity of other urban agricultural opportunities.
Commons Gardens in Victoria
Banfield Commons and Vic West Community Tea Garden
c/o Victoria West Community Centre
Location: Banfield Park
Fairfield Community Garden
Contact: Joan Kotarski
Location: Robert Porter Park
Contact: Jackie Robson
Location: Wark Street Park between Bay and Kings
Allotment Gardens in Victoria
Burnside Allotment Garden
Burnside Gorge Community Association
Contact: Rachel O'Neill
Location: Cecelia Ravine Park (Napier Lane and Burnside Road East)
Earthbound Community Garden
Fernwood Community Association
Location: Garden Street, north of Bay Street
Fernwood Allotment Garden
Fernwood Community Association
Location: Chambers and North Park
James Bay Allotment Garden
James Bay Garden Association
Location: 100-block Montreal Street, between Simcoe and Niagara
Michigan Street Community Garden
Contact:: Cathi Bashi
Location: Corner of Michigan and Menzies
Rayn or Shine Community Garden
Victoria West Community Centre
Location: Corner of Craigflower and Raynor
OTHER WAYS WE’RE ‘GETTING GROWING’
Community Orchard Pilot Program
The City is partnering with the Victoria West Community Association and the Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group to establish two Community Orchards. The pilot program demonstrates new ways of growing food in visible, public places. City Parks staff purchased the trees, installed and maintain irrigation, and mow the lawns within the Community Orchard during regular park maintenance. Learn more here.
- Banfield Park Orchard c/o Victoria West Community Centre Email: email@example.com Location: Banfield Park
- Fernwood Community Orchard c/o Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Location: Stevenson Park
Kitchen Garden Project
The City of Victoria partnered with the Fernwood Community Center to transform 1,800 square feet of decorative garden beds into edible food gardens that are now managed by the Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group. The gardens will be used to educate, inspire and supplement some of the 700 snacks and meals that the centre provides to program participants each week. This is the first phase a long-term vision to establish the Fernwood Community Centre as a community hub for food programs and demonstration projects. Learn more.
In the summer of 2014, Interim Boulevard Gardening Guidelines were created to help beginners and experts garden on City of Victoria boulevards more confidently and responsibly. Generally speaking, boulevards are the grassy strip of land between a property and the street and are owned by the City. The majority of boulevards have grass and trees between the sidewalk and the curb.
Boulevard gardens can create more beautiful, interesting and diverse streets, add character to neighbourhoods and increase feelings of community pride. They can also support environmental benefits such as increasing ecological diversity and providing bird, butterfly and pollinator habitats. Working on the boulevard can bloom into community building, traffic calming, and healthier living. Edible plants can improve the availability of fresh, local, and sustainable food sources.
The guidelines outline the safety, accessibility, maintenance, and aesthetic elements that should be considered and also the legal responsibilities of managing a specific area of the boulevard.
Once a comprehensive boulevard review is completed, final guidelines will be introduced in 2016. Learn More.
To learn more about what we’re doing to get things growing in Victoria click here.
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