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Community Garden

 The Confederation College Community Garden is a sustainability project that provides a space for people in Thunder Bay  to grow their own fresh food! As part of the growing movement of community gardens in Thunder Bay, Confederation College provides a community garden that is available to all interested gardeners. 

2017 Garden Registration

Garden registration for this growing season is now closed as the garden is full!  

Garden Location

The Confederation College Community Garden will be located on campus behind the Fitness Centre, in the space where the tennis courts were located.

Vision

The Confederation College Community Garden supports the community of Thunder Bay with accessible land to grow organic, sustainable and locally produced food, while providing the opportunity to learn and experience gardening.

Garden Information

Garden plots will be approximately 10 feet by 8 feet and will cost an annual fee of $20.00 per plot per year. Everyone is welcome to garden!

Garden Contact

If you would like additional information on the Confederation College Community Garden or are interested in joining the garden please contact Robyn at robyn@arbora.ca

General Community Garden Information

What is a community garden?

A community garden is a shared garden where individuals, families, groups and organizations come together to grow fresh produce.

What types of community gardens are there?

There are two different types of community gardens: allotment and communal.

An allotment garden is separated into numerous plots, similar in size, and each participating gardener is assigned a plot. Within the plot a gardener can grow whatever they chose to and during the harvest of the garden the gardener takes everything that they grow.

A communal garden is one large garden, sometimes separated into sections, where the gardening is done in a large group or individuals are assigned certain crops to grow. The gardeners decide on what crops they wish to grow and once the harvest takes place all the contents of the garden are split among the gardeners equally.

What are the benefits to a community garden?

There are many benefits to participating in a community garden.

  • Save money: as community gardens often charge a small affordable fee, you are then able to grow as much of your own food as you can so you will not have to buy as much food, reducing your grocery bills
  • Meet new people: working on your garden plot will allow you to get to know the gardeners at your garden and people in your community, also, meeting new people it is also a great way learn different gardening skills
  • Provide outdoor gardening space: many people don’t have access to growing space at home and a community garden is able to provide them with one
  • Fresh, Nutritious Food: since gardeners are growing their own food they get the fresh food right away and have the benefit of knowing where it came from and how it was grown

What makes a community garden successful?

In order for a community garden to be successful and continue to prosper from year to year it takes dedication from the gardeners involved. The gardeners take on the maintenance and upkeep tasks of the garden so the site doesn’t run into disarray. The most successful community gardens have gardeners that are willing to work together to keep the garden maintained and complete other projects- such as building a shed or seating areas- that help make the garden a great place to be.