GARDEN BEDS 

The online application for this season is now open.   Please note that the membership is renewed annually.  All 2017 Bed Members must submit an application for this season.  

Give us your input to make our garden better in 2018!   Fill out our questionnaire by clicking the link here.  Be sure to sign up for our newsletter to be informed of our activity.   

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.  It is free and open to all community members.
This garden is a project of the 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 Bed Membership for the 2018 Growing Season

E-mail inquiries to info@rileyparkgarden.org     Priority for garden beds is to groups or individuals aligned with our vision and goals.   Our organic Garden provides a safe supportive place to learn how to garden.

Our Garden creates 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.  Everyone is welcome. No gardening experience required. We provide tools, seeds and materials.

We are offering the community a new opportunity to grow their own culturally specific food in a groundbreaking 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. We are looking for a people who want to work together on each bed and contribute to the communal management of the rest of the garden.

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.

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, berries and the pollinator garden; make compost, or build.  If you want to be a part of a Garden Bed, let us know and we’ll connect you to a group.

Accessible Beds:  We have 5 accessible beds with high walls.  Beds 1 m wide by .6 - .9 m high are intended to give priority to gardeners with limited mobility.

Raised Beds:  We have 14.5 low ground level beds for community groups.  Beds are 1 m wide by .3m high are intended for annual vegetable production by gardeners with full mobility.

One quarter of each bed will go to shared food crops such as tomatoes, peas, and pumpkins.  Each user group of a collective of individuals will get one bed for one season. We have a produce library where harvested produce is available with the intent to serve those in need in our community.

E-mail inquiries to info@rileyparkgarden.org   

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