Community Garden

Join us in the Garden!

Some of the best reasons for community garden membership are familiar to us all:

  • Community gardens help beautify urban spaces
  • They create natural meeting places
  • They create educational opportunities
  • They offer spaces for clean food production

But there are endless equally valuable reasons to consider participating in community gardening that might not immediately spring to mind:

  • Community gardens create opportunities for forging friendships and making social connections
  • They help reduce our carbon footprint given that some commercial produce can travel more than a thousand miles from farm to fork
  • Participation enhances a sense of belonging to the larger community
  • Community gardeners share in a sense of pride and wellbeing that comes with planting, nurturing, and harvesting their own vegetables
  • Community gardening has sharing at its heart

 

2018 will mark our 5th year of community gardening at Winston Heights-Mountview. As we look back, these are a few of the programs of which we are most proud:

  • Each year we plant and harvest a donation bed for the Veterans Food Bank
  • We shelter our winged friends in bee and butterfly houses
  • We have a Little Free Library to welcome book lovers to the garden
  • We have a picnic table and benches throughout the garden to welcome visitors
  • We grow and harvest hops each year for Village Brewery
  • While the plants and produce in the individual beds belong to the gardener who planted and tended to them, there are signed tasting and sharing beds in the garden for visitors. In addition, the herb spiral and the perimeter plantings, including the apple trees and rhubarb, are there for everyone’s enjoyment

If you’d like to join our waitlist, please contact us at the email below. If you’d like to become a garden volunteer and participate in special projects, work parties, and social events, you can register as a Friend of the Garden. We’ll include you in emailed updates and invitations.

Here’s what you need to know regarding bed rentals:

  • Bed rental fee $50 plus a 6-hour service commitment in the garden per season – a $20 deposit reserves your bed
  • We have two wheelchair-accessible beds available – rental fee is $25
  • Gardeners must have a valid WHM community membership (free to community residents or $10 to non-residents)
  • Garden Payment Info: cheque drop off at the community hall or email transfer to hallmanager@winstonheights.ca security question should be ‘what city do we live in’. Please indicate the purpose of payment in the message area.
  • Non-resident community association memberships can be purchased at www.winstonheights.ca

We’re always happy to welcome new gardeners

Contact us anytime at communitygarden@winstonheights.ca 

WHM Community Garden Operations Policies

 

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