Below are ideas people had re possible sites for a new garden. The ideas may be unworkable, unwise or otherwise bad! They are just ideas at this point. Captions at the bottom of each image give the location.
- Campus Saint-Jean started their community garden in 2006; they have around 30 people on their waiting list.
- About a week ago we asked CSJ to tell their waiting list about our work to start a new garden but have not heard back.
- CSJ has an executive committee to manage membership and enforce rules.efcl.org/res/community-gardening-in-a-box.pdf
- Easy access to water is vital.
- Do we need a fence around the garden?
- We want to grow veggies (not much interest in using the garden for flowers).
- Devote some of the garden to food for charities?
- The City has a Community Greening Coordinator (one of us volunteered to contact them).
- Because of COVID-19 guidelines, we won't have shared tools, therefore do not need a shed.
- The EFCL has a book full of advice on starting & running a community garden (on this page).
When we checked the City's page on community gardens, we found no evidence of a "streamlined process" for gaining the city's approval for a garden. That page still links to the 16-step, one to three year process. Our ward councillor, Ben Henderson, is working to extract details on the new process from City management. It's May, time to plant!
By the way, that page has good information on applicable City and Provincial requirements with respect to COVID-19.