T: (519) 352-7270 | E: foodpolicycouncil@chatham-kent.ca

Benefits of Community Gardens

Picture of a community garden

  • Health benefits including physical activity and stress relief
  • Access to fresh fruits and veggies
  • Hands-on learning
  • Allow you to know where your food comes from
  • A personal sense of wellbeing including stress relief, education and creation of friendships
  • Beautifying unused spaces
  • Increases property values
  • Increases feelings of safety and community pride
  • Decreased criminal activity in the area
  • Environmental benefits including improving air quality, create compost and help to filter rainwater.

What do you need to Participate?

Do you have?

  • A green thumb or wish you did?
  • Want to work in a garden but don’t have the space?
  • Need technical advice to grow your own produce?
  • Need assistance to weed and tend your garden?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then CK Community Gardens is for YOU!

What better way to get high quality vegetables and fruit than to grow them yourself!

Garden Child with a basket of fresh vegetables

Who Can Garden?

  • Any age
  • Youth who need volunteer hours
  • Seniors– a great social opportunity
  • Families or singles
  • ANYONE!

Current Locations

Chatham

  • Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC)
  • Ontario Early Years Centre (OEYC)
  • Living Faith Church
  • Union Gas, Head Office
  • Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit
  • Chatham-Kent Public Utility Commission – Grand Ave

Wallaceburg

  • First Baptist Church
  • Salvation Army
  • West Court Housing

Dresden

  • Park Street Nursing Home
  • North Baptist Church

Blenheim

  • Glad Tidings Community Church

Ridgetown

  • Ridgetown College (Communities in Bloom)

What is needed for a community garden to operate?

  • Experienced gardeners who will share their knowledge
  • Land and water access
  • Garden equipment / tools
  • Garden plants, seeds and cuttings
  • Volunteers who will assist in coordinating, assisting other gardeners, helping with transportation and canvassing for resources.

For more information or to sign up for a garden plot, please contact Derwyn Armstrong at 519-358-2659 or by email at

How can I start a new Community Garden?

If you are interested in starting a new garden, please review the below links and follow the proceedure outlined in the Manual for Development of Community Gardens.  If you need more information on how to to do, please contact Lyndsay Davidson at or by phone at 519-352-7270 ext 2478

Manual for Development of New Gardens

Checklist

Application for a new garden Form #1

Site Usage Survey Form #2

Letter of Committment Form #3A

Liability Waiver Form #3B

Code of Conduct Form #3C