Community gardens

The Take Action Society community garden in Dartmouth North

Many community gardens in Halifax are operated by residents on land owned by the municipal government. These are small-scale sites operated by non-profit societies for one or more of the following purposes:

1.    Growing produce for:

  • personal consumption
  • donating to local food causes
  • generating revenue to reinvest in the community garden

2. Production of a floral or landscape display

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?

To start a community garden, you must be a non-profit group and submit an application before the March 30 deadline. This ensures there is enough time for staff to review and work with you on your request. 

For more information, check out the community garden handbook. If you’re ready to apply, fill out the application form and send it to Darren Hirtle, Community Developer, at 902.490.4865 or hirtled@halifax.ca 

Want to be a part of an existing community garden?

The following is a list of community gardens on municipal property. Not all gardens will have space; most garden groups maintain a waiting list for when spots become available.

Dartmouth

Take Action Society
Harbourview Elementary School (Dartmouth North) 
thetakeactiongroup@live.ca

Goodness Grows! Findlay Community Garden
Findlay Community Centre, Dartmouth
goodnessgrowsgarden@gmail.com

Guy Jacobs Community
35 Jackson Road, Dartmouth

Rope Works Community Garden
Victoria Park 
ropeworkscg@gmail.com 

Dartmouth Commons Community Gardens & Park Avenue Community Oven
Leighton Dillman Park, Dartmouth Commons
dartmouthgarden@gmail.com

Gaston Road Community Garden Association
43 Gaston Road 
gastonroadcommunitygarden@gmail.com

Le Jardin Community Garden
4 Windmill Road (Public Gardens), Dartmouth
info@ccgh.ca

Landrace Community Garden
74 Landrace Crescent, Dartmouth
landracecommunitygarden@gmail.com

Halifax

Birdland Community Garden
99 Flamingo Drive
birdlandgarden@gmail.com

Hope Blooms Community Garden
Murray Warrington Park
2103 Gottingen Street
info@hopeblooms.ca

ISANS Community Garden 
67 Glenforest Drive
hasbil@isans.ca

ISANS Community Garden 
3311 Ashburn Ave
hasbil@isans.ca

North End Community Garden
Union St, Behind Needham Community Centre
Ireneobermann50@gmail.com

Devonshire Garden
3395 Devonshire Ave
devonshiregarden@gmail.com

Peninsula Urban Gardens Society
Gorsebrook Park
pugsgorse@gmail.com

City Kidds Escape Society Community Garden
Frederick Avenue
Facebook Page

Common Roots
Bottom of Bayers Rd

https://commonrootsurbanfarm.ca/

Bedford

Bedford Sprouts Community Garden
36 Holland Avenue, Bedford
karenbagnell@hotmail.com

Beaver Bank

Beaver Bank Kinsac Senior Association
Beaver Bank Road
sandi.bolt@bellaliant.net

Lakeside

BLT Community Garden Project
Lakeside Community Centre
khillier@mymetroworks.ca

Lake Echo

Lake Echo Community Garden
Lake Echo Community Centre
info@lakeechorec.com

Prospect

Prospect Road Community Gardens
Prospect Road Community Centre
gardens@prospectcommunities.com