Community Garden

Why Community Gardens?

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

  • * Grow your own produce
  • * Meet other people in your community
  • * Eat fresh produce
  • * Save money
  • * Increase physical activity

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.

Locations

There are three garden locations to choose from:

Kipling Garden
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 hoses on site for watering.
Kipling Garden Plot Map

Sheldon Miller Friendship Garden
This fenced 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.
SMF Garden Plot Map

Redcliff Garden
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. If you are interested in gardening in the Redcliff garden, please contact Carla at 403-548-3232 or email [email protected] Redcliff Garden Plot Map

Food Forest
A food forest is a gardening technique or land management system, which mimics a woodland ecosystem by substituting edible trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals. Fruit and nut trees make up the upper level, while berry shrubs, edible perennials and annuals make up the lower levels. (Beacon Food Forest). We have a public-use Food Forest located in the corner of the Sheldon Miller Friendship Garden located at 2948 Dunmore Road SE. Guidelines and information about the Food Forest space are posted on the fence and on signs around the space. See in action the interdependence of soil and plant systems. Our Food Forest contains: Apples, Plums, Pears, Evan’s Cherries, Romance Cherries, Pin Cherries, Nanking Cherries, Saskatoons, Honeyberries, Aronia Berries, Goji Berries, Beaked Hazelnuts, White Currants, Highbush Cranberries, Gooseberry, Blackcurrants, Josta Berries, Rhubarb, Asparagus, Chives, Lupines, Hostas, Red Currants, Grape Vines, and Mushrooms.


Other Community Garden Programs in our Community:

The Medicine Hat & District Food Bank has a community-use garden space.

The Third Street Pop-Up Park is a community-use space located on a vacant lot downtown on 3rd St.

Membership Guidelines and Application Form

Check out the following form if you would like to have a plot in one of the 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.

If you are interested in gardening in the Redcliff garden, please contact Carla at 403-548-3232 or email [email protected]

Agencies & organizations are welcome to register for a plot for a group of gardeners to share.

Garden Application & Guidelines Form 2018

Workshops, Events & Gardening Programs

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.

Workshops include:

* Composting

* 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.

Community Garden Resources

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.

Oregon State University Extension Service has an informative brochure on Collecting and Storing Seeds.

How to Help Bees and Other Pollinators  - information from the Calgary Beekeepers

Available from the Medicine Hat Public Library: