GARDEN MEMBERSHIP

Our Mission

 

Our garden is envisioned to create community space and social cohesion through participation, education and events.  We promote food security by supporting neighbourhood organizations and charities with the food grown by our volunteers.

 

Definition

 

The community has told us that they want a garden based on commons design principles guided by the eight design principles for sustainable management of Common Pool Resources, developed by Nobel laureate Elinor Ostrom.  This means that produce grown is given to the food programs serving those in need in our community; to support our food literacy activity; and then for community food celebrations.  
Everyone is welcome to participate in the garden.  
This garden is developed with the support of Little Mountain Neighbourhood House. The Riley Park Community Garden Committee will manage all aspects of the garden operation including: the planting plan, individual and group engagement, work parties and learning opportunities. 

 

Application for a Shared Garden Plot

Apply for a Shared Garden Bed

Priority for garden beds is to groups or individuals aligned with our vision and goals.
Our garden is envisioned to create community space and social cohesion through participation, education and events.  We promote food security by supporting neighbourhood organizations and charities with the food grown by our volunteers.

This is shared gardening, there are no private plots.  This garden is being created to build connections in the community and create a peaceful place for neighbours to grow and share food together.

We are offering the community a new opportunity to grow their own culturally specific food in a ground-breaking community garden. This new model is meant to be as inclusive as possible, reflecting and celebrating the diversity of gardening cultures in our neighbourhood. Rather than the one-person one-bed model, we are looking for a small group of gardeners who work together on each bed.

Groups: We are asking for local groups, especially those who serve those in need in our community or who represent the cultural and multi-generational diversity in our neighbourhood, to apply for a garden bed.  For example, newcomers, youth, refugees, seniors, low-income families, and faith based groups. Groups (5-8 people) can be formalized or like-minded individuals who come together to form a group.

Individuals:  Everyone is invited to get involved. You can garden in the Commons area or we can help you join up with a group.  Drop in and help out in our Commons area which includes the herb garden, food forest, fruit trees, and the pollinator garden; make compost, build a garden shed + more.  If you want to be part of a Garden Bed, let us know and we’ll connect you to a group.

We are offering 5 raised accessible beds and 6 ground level beds to the community. Each user group or a collective of individuals will get one bed for one season.  

E-mail inquiries to info@rileyparkgarden.org   Further details at RileyParkGarden.org

Get involved. Join us to create how we will work together to build a garden and community.