Community Gardens provide shared space for residents to grow their own vegetables, thereby enhancing both physical and emotional well-being. Members can enjoy their summer with healthy activity and fresh produce, while building stronger ties amongst their families, gardening neighbours, and the community.
Gardening encourages healthy food choices, provides many health benefits, and creates opportunities for quality family time.
Benefits of growing a Community Garden
Are you an experienced gardener who would be interested in leading a workshop or mentoring a new gardener? If so, please contact the Food Security Coordinator.
There are three garden locations to choose from:
The Redcliff garden is located beside Lion's Park and includes a permaculture garden. This garden is fenced, has several raised beds, and includes an irrigation system as well as a shed to keep gardening equipment.
The Kipling garden is located off of Kipling Street beside the Post Office. This fenced community garden is made up of raised garden beds and has a shed to keep gardening equipment. There is no irrigation system but a hose on site for watering.
Sheldon Miller Friendship Garden
This garden is located on Dunmore Road behind the Community Health Unit. There is an irrigation system installed as well as a shed to keep gardening equipment.
Check out the following form if you would like to have a plot in one of the three Community Gardens. Plots are available on a first-come basis and there is a registration cost of $30.00 per year. Call 403-502-8249 for more information.
Agencies & organizations are welcome to register for a plot for a group of gardeners to share.
During the growing season we try to offer opportunities for gardeners to participate in workshops or tours to learn about existing and new gardening practices.
* Permaculture (regenerative and self-maintained gardening systems modeled from natural ecosystems)
* Vermiculture (composting with worms)
...As well as tours of the community gardens and unique private gardens.
We also host a "Seedy Saturday Seed Swap" in the Spring where you can swap saved seeds with other gardeners.
Upcoming events & workshops will be posted on our website homepage as well as on our Facebook page.
There are a variety of resources available to the community and Prairie gardener.
Alberta Health Services has developed a Community Garden Manual.
Alberta Environment has an informative resource on Vermicomposting/Vermiculture.
Available from the Medicine Hat Public Library: