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The City of Grande Prairie recognizes that food security is an important factor in our sustainability as a community. Community gardens aid in providing fresh fruit and vegetables as well as teach members of our community how to garden. As an organization we will provide support to various community groups and neighbourhood associations to incorporate community gardens into their neighbourhoods to benefit the City of Grande Prairie and its residents. It is expected that community groups or neighbourhood associations will meet established criteria, provide supporting documentation, and have the required community support to develop a community garden.

The goal of this document is to help answer questions that may arise when conducting initial research prior to starting a garden and to aid residents in understanding what kinds of questions will be asked by City Administration when reviewing a Community Garden Application.

Q. What is the definition of a Community Garden?

The City defines community garden as an outdoor spaces on approved municipal land where residents can grow, maintain and harvest fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers. This can be a “communal” or a “common” garden. A communal garden is a space that is maintained by a group of volunteers who will make the decisions as to where the bounty will be distributed.  A common garden is a space where there are plots available for rent for a nominal fee. This space is managed by a community group or neighbourhood association.

Q. I know what a Community Garden is, what do I need to do to start one?

Your first step is to find a group (minimum of ten) other residents who are willing to put their name in as a participant in this project. As a group you will need to determine the following

  • Determine of the site that you have in mind can be used as a community garden (is it publicly owned?)
  • What kind of garden a communal or a common?
  • Do you have the support of the neighbours? Neighbourhood Association?
  • Establish the guidelines to support the development and outline the operation of the community garden
  • Create a financial plan/budget for the garden
  • Create a design for the garden

Q. Alright I have done the above – now what?

To complete the process you and your group will need to submit a document (electronic, hard copy or hand written) containing the following information:

  • Community Garden Plan which includes a detailed description of the proposed garden (Size, location, design, water access)
  • Operating Plan which includes the garden guidelines to support the development and outline the operation of the community garden, members/membership, time commitment (if required), how tools will be stored, exit strategy
  • Financial Plan/Budget this section should include water hook-up costs, watering costs, expenses to create the garden and transform the site, liability insurance costs, tools/supplies, plant materials 
  • Community/Gardener Support here you will need to list the names and addresses of at least ten (10) participants, obtain a letter or motion from the Board of the neighbourhood association, results from surveying the neighbours (250 meter radius) and any other letters of support
  • http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/assets/info/nutrition/if-nfs-community-gardens-handbook.pdf

Community Garden/Edible Landscaping Policy 212

Community Garden/Edible Landscaping Policy 212-1

 


Gardening Links

Grande Prairie Garden Club
Alberta Horticultural Association
Alberta Farmers' Market Association
Plant A Row - Grow A Row
The Gardener
The Prairie Garden

Last updated: 2/27/2018 9:57:02 AM