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Community Gardens

Community gardens are small plots of land shared by friends and neighbours, where they grow fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers.

Some parents use community gardens to teach their children about growing food and to save money on grocery bills. For many people, community gardens are a way to become involved in the community and to get to know their neighbours. Community gardens are also useful for people who don't have access to backyards or balconies during the growing season.

Kingston has a number of community gardens in neighbourhoods throughout the city. Some gardens are run like a small company, with a president and treasurer. Families and individuals must apply to be part of a community garden and usually pay a small fee.

For More Information

Heirloom Seed Sanctuary
Information about the Heirloom Seed Sanctuary in Kingston, its purpose, location, activities and the people involved. The sanctuary can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Backyard Hens Regulations
City of Kingston rules and registration requirements for keeping backyard hens. Includes information on bird health basics and downloadable application forms.

Community Gardens — City of Kingston
City website page with a list of gardens, city community garden policy and partnership agreements, and other useful links and resources. Also includes a downloadable map of local community gardens: school gardens, non-vegetable gardens, and community gardens both with and without allotments.

Kingston Community Gardens Network
Community website with information on local community gardens, an events calendar, and information resources for gardeners, including tips and tricks for beginners. While the site is English-only, there is a multilingual brochure available in French, Dutch, German, Spanish, and Catalan.

Loving Spoonful
Local community food organization working to combat hunger and ensure local food sustainability and security and promote healthy food. Programs include the volunteer Grow-a-Row, the Community Garden’s Network, a low-income farmer’s market and redistribution of surplus donated food. They can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Climate Action Tool Kit
A City of Kingston resource highlighting actions that people can take to help Kingston reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and increase our climate resilience. Includes suggestions on how to save energy and be more sustainable both at home and the workplace through food, transportation, and energy choices. General information is also included, as are useful tools to help measure energy use and GHG emissions from a variety of everyday sources. This toolkit was developed as part of the community-built Kingston Climate Action Plan.

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