Community Garden Program
Strathcona County is partnering with residents, community groups and local non-profits to help support a vision for new and established community gardens in our parks and green spaces.
The Community Garden Program is open to all Strathcona County residents, and it is guided by the following principles:
- Walkable – used and enjoyed by those who live in the community
- Inclusive – welcoming and gathering space open to everyone
- Community-led – designed for the community, by the community
There are two ways you can get involved with the program:
- Join or volunteer at an established garden – visit the garden of your choice, and take time to talk with garden members at their site to learn how the group runs the garden. Please note that community gardens are popular and waitlists are common.
- Start a new community garden – work together with other residents to start a new community garden. To be successful, community gardens need people power, purpose and a plan. Note that only a few garden sites can be approved and built each year. Our staff can guide you through the planning and application process so you can start growing your idea.
To get involved contact us by phone or make a request through County Connect.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Where can I find an existing community garden?
Locations that are currently part of this program can be found at:
- Antler Lake/Uncas Community Hall
- Bev Facey High School
- Clover Bar Ranch Park
- Colchester Community Hall
- Whitecroft Community Hall
- Woodlake Court
2. What is the process for starting a new community garden?
- Start by talking to your neighbours and see who else is interested in a community garden.
- Explore your neighbourhood to see if there is a flat, underused green space close by.
- Review the Let’s Get Growing handout and the resource section to learn about the key steps to starting a community garden.
- Contact Transportation and Agriculture Services to talk about your idea for a community garden and for information to help you plan your first community garden meeting.
- Download the application form.
3. What are the timelines for approving a new community garden?
The 2018 timelines are as follows:
- March 1 – Application deadline for current growing season
- March – April – Applications reviewed by County staff
- May 1 – 7 – County staff notify successful applicants. Only a limited number of gardens are approved each year.
- May – June 15 – County staff coordinate and install new garden boxes.
4. What kind of support does Strathcona County provide?
The County provides the following services and resources to support community gardens:
- Builds and installs garden boxes
- 10’ x 4’ x 2’ standard dimensions
- Custom box considered
- Includes soil
- Moderate landscaping (if required)
- Mulch as required
- Garden sign
- Liability insurance on public land
- Grant opportunities
- Planning support and expertise
- Administers Community Garden License Agreement
- Builds and installs garden boxes
5. What is the garden group responsible for?
The garden group is responsible for the following aspects of creating successful community gardens:
- Identify 2+ potential garden sites
- Form a planning committee
- Complete and submit application
- Develop a site plan and drawing
- Water on site
- Site improvements upon approval and overtime
- Create member guidelines
- Garden maintenance
- Member sign up
- Member communication
- Uphold License Agreement Terms and Conditions