The average distance that food travels to get to Nova Scotia is 4,000km. This makes the municipality’s food system particularly vulnerable to climate change. If there is an unexpected event or emergency that causes widespread instability, we may not have the local resources to meet the needs of our residents. Community gardens are one way to support the local food system.
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 902.476.1184 or Darren.Hirtle@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.
Guy Jacobs Community
35 Jackson Road, Dartmouth F
Rope Works Community Garden
Dartmouth Commons Community Gardens & Park Avenue Community Oven
Leighton Dillman Park, Dartmouth Commons
Gaston Road Community Garden Association
43 Gaston Road
Le Jardin Community Garden
4 Windmill Road (Public Gardens), Dartmouth
Landrace Community Garden
74 Landrace Crescent, Dartmouth
Caledonia Community Garden
133 Caledonia Road
Birdland Community Garden
99 Flamingo Drive
Hope Blooms Community Garden
Murray Warrington Park
2103 Gottingen Street
Geroge Dixon Community Garden
George Dixon Park
2502 Brunswick Street
ISANS Community Garden
67 Glenforest Drive
ISANS Community Garden
3311 Ashburn Ave
North End Community Garden
Union St, at the lower parking lot of Ft. Needham Park
City Kidds Escape Society Community Garden
Bottom of Bayers Rd
Bedford Sprouts Community Garden
36 Holland Avenue, Bedford
Beaver Bank Kinsac Senior Association
Beaver Bank Road
BLT Community Garden Project
Lakeside Community Centre
Lake Echo Community Garden
Lake Echo Community Centre
Prospect Road Community Gardens
Prospect Road Community Centre