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Community Gardens on Municipality-owned Property

Community gardens provide many benefits for residents. They offer opportunities to interact with other neighbours, add beauty to the neighbourhood, encourage environmental sustainability, and promote active living. Community gardening is an opportunity to share and learn with others about the environment around you.

What is a Community Garden?

A Community Garden (on Municipally-owned property) is a small-scale site that is operated by a non-profit society, for one or more of the following purposes:

1. Production of produce for:
a. Personal use;
b. Donation to local food causes; or
c. Generating revenue to reinvest in the Community Garden.

2. Production of a floral or landscape display; or

3. Demonstration gardening or other related instructional programming.

Community Gardens can include vegetables, fruit, herbs, flowers, native and/or ornamental plants established and operated within existing municipal regulations, bylaws and assessments.

A Community Garden must have a “common area” with shared upkeep, and may include individual garden plots. Community gardening differs from urban agriculture (Urban Farms) which is an industry that produces agricultural products for distribution to local markets.

Thinking of starting a Community Garden?

Need help? Contact the Staff person for your area:

Eastern Passage, Dartmouth and area
Contact Darren Hirtle at 902-490-4865 or

Halifax Peninsula and area
Contact Kate MacLennan at 902-490-4408 or

Bedford, Sackville, Fall River, Musquodoboit Valley
Contact Heather MacLeod,

Cole Harbour, Lawrencetown, Lake Echo, East Preston, Cherrybrook, North Preston, Eastern Shore, Musquodoboit Harbour
Natalie Perkins

Armdale, Springvale, Fairview, Clayton Park, Rockingham, Spryfield, Sambro, Harrietsfield, Herring Cove, Beechville, Lakeside, Timberlea, Prospect, Kingswood, Uplands Park, Hammonds Plains, Tantallon, Hubbards and area.
Contact Bronwyn MacKinnon at 902-479-4486 or

Want to be a part of an existing Community Garden?

The following is a list of Community Gardens on HRM Property. We strive to keep this list current, if we missed a group, please let us know!

If you wish to participate in a Community Garden in your area, please submit a request to the e-mail address provided. 

*Not all gardens will have space, most garden groups maintain a waiting list for when spots become available.

Goodness Grows! Community Garden


Take Action Society
Harbourview Elementary School (Dartmouth North)

Hawthorn Garden Project
Hawthorn Elementary School

Goodness Grows! Findlay Community Garden
Findlay Community Centre, Dartmouth

Rope Works Community Garden
Victoria Park - Corner of Pelzant & Bligh 

Dartmouth Commons Community Gardens
Leighton Dillman Park, Dartmouth 

Park Avenue Community Oven
Leighton Dillman Park, Dartmouth
(Dartmouth Commons)

Gaston Road Community Garden Association
43 Gaston Road, Dartmouth


Hope Blooms Community Garden
Murray Warrington Park
2103 Gottingen Street, Halifax

ISANS Community Garden
67 Glenforest Drive, Halifax (Fairview Area)

Beaver Bank

Beaver Bank Kinsac Senior Association
Beaver Bank Road


BLT Community Garden Project
Lakeside Community Centre