Rules about community gardens on municipal land
Many community gardens in Halifax are operated by residents on land owned by the municipal government. These are small-scale sites operated 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 need to be a non-profit group and submit an application before the March 31 deadline each year. 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 [PDF]. If you’re ready to apply, fill out the application form [PDF] and send it to the staff contact in your area (listed below)
Need help? Contact the staff person for your area:
Eastern Passage, Lawrencetown, Lake Echo, Eastern Shore, Musquodoboit Harbour, Dartmouth and area
Contact Darren Hirtle at 902.490.4865 or email@example.com
Halifax Peninsula and area
Contact Lillian Ash at 902.490.4408 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Bedford, Sackville, Fall River, Musquodoboit Valley
Contact Shawna Shirley at 902.869.4202 or email@example.com
Cole Harbour, East Preston, Cherrybrook, North Preston, Dartmouth North
Contact Devon Bundy at 902.490.5909 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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.
Take Action Society
Harbourview Elementary School (Dartmouth North)
Goodness Grows! Findlay Community Garden
Findlay Community Centre, Dartmouth
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
Hope Blooms Community Garden
Murray Warrington Park
2103 Gottingen Street
ISANS Community Garden (Site 1)
67 Glenforest Drive
ISANS Community Garden (Site 2)
3311 Ashburn Ave
North End Community Circle Garden
Behind Needham Community Centre
Peninsula Urban Gardens Society
City Kidds Escape Society Community Garden
First Lake Early Learners
First Lake Drive, Lower Sackville
Bedford Sprouts Community Garden
36 Holland Avenue, Bedford
Beaver Bank Kinsac Senior Association
Beaver Bank Road
BLT Community Garden Project
Lakeside Community Centre
Prospect Road Community Gardens
Prospect Road Community Centre