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, 902-490-4865 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Kate MacLennan, 902-490-4408 or email@example.com
Bedford, Sackville, Fall River, Musquodoboit Valley
Contact Shawna Shirley, 902-869-4202 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Cole Harbour, Lawrencetown, Lake Echo, East Preston, Cherrybrook, North Preston, Eastern Shore, Musquodoboit Harbour
Contact Natalie Perkins, 902-717-6799 or email@example.com
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, 902-479-4486 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
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)
3395 Devonshire Ave, Halifax
North End Community Circle Garden
Union St, Halifax (Fort Needham)
Beaver Bank Kinsac Senior Association
Beaver Bank Road
Bedford Sprouts Community Garden
LeBrun Community Recreation Centre, Bedford
BLT Community Garden Project
Lakeside Community Centre