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

Scroll down the page to learn more about the exciting community engagement opportunities a community garden can offer!

Goodness Grows Dartmouth - Community Garden at Findlay Community Centre

Download the
Garden Application [PDF] or Garden Application [Word Doc]

for gardens on HRM Public Property!


Community Gardens in HRM

Hawthorne School Community Garden Hawthorne Community Garden
Halifax Garden Network
A great resource for finding gardens in HRM!

A Community Garden on HRM owned (public) lands:

  • must be small scale (no commerical use)
  • must have"common areas" with shared upkeep
  • may include individual plots
  • must comply with HRM regulations and by-laws (i.e. HRM's Pesticide By-law)
  • must involve a volunteer group effort in making decisions to start and maintain the garden
  • (very importantly), must provide opportunities for the community to participate
  • may contain vegetables, fruit, herbs, flowers
Alternate Locations for Community Gardens

Starting a garden on HRM owned land is one approach.  You may also want to consider other opportunities with other institutions, organizations and groups to see if they have space available for a Community Garden.  Some examples include:

  • churches
  • local businesses / organizations
  • private / public schools, universities, colleges
  • private land
  • other public lands (Provincial or Federal)
Links to Gardening Resources
Lots of great gardening resources already exist.  We have listed some of these resources and will keep adding to the list.
Did you know, the North American lawn devours more resources than the entire agriculture industry, yet we don’t get a drop of sustenance from these resource hungry places!
Planting Schedule
Wondering when to get planting?  The Urban Farm Museum Society in Spryfield has put together a planting schedule.
Pesky Potato Bugs
The Canadian Wildlife Federation asks, are potato bugs defoliating your potato plants? Potato bugs can quickly become resistant to many insecticides.  Read on...
Gardening for Wildlife
Have you ever thought about gardening for wildlife?  According to the Canadian Wildlife Federation, "Planning a beautiful garden that also attracts a diversity of colourful wildlife enhances the joy it can bring you."  Visit CWF to find out more...
Contact Us

If you have questions about starting a community garden please contact an Area Coordinator with HRM's Community Recreation Services. For a list of the Area Coordinators and the communities they serve go to page 5 on the application form.

Findlay Community Garden July 2010 butterfly garden
Ready for Planting Community Garden at the Findlay Community Centre, Dartmouth
Potato Towers at Lake City Farm Lee's Garden