Local Community Gardens

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There are two active sites operated by the Nanaimo Community Gardens Society. They are listed below with links to their pages. In addition, there are other community gardens in our area which may be closer to you. Check them out!

NCGS Greenhouse Site – Located in the north end of Nanaimo off Hammond Bay Rd, volunteers work together to grow food year round for themselves and to produce hundreds of organically-grown, vegetable seedlings to sell to the public in the spring. If you would like to participate with this fun-loving core group of volunteers please contact greenhouse@nanaimocommunitygardens.ca For more detailed information and to see pictures click here.

NCGS Pine Street Community Garden– The long-running garden has been operating in the downtown area of Nanaimo for about two decades. Operating year-round, enthusiastic volunteers garden communally to grow food for themselves and to maintain a demonstration garden for the community.Squash This site is where much hands-on education and horticultural therapy takes place through field trips, tours, workshops and volunteer placements. To see more about what goes on at Pine Street click here and to contact us please email us at pinestreet@nanaimocommunitygardens.ca.

NCGS Irwin Street Community Garden (now closed) – This garden was established by the Young Professionals of Nanaimo and handed over the Nanaimo Community Gardens Society in 2014. After two years of highly successful operations, the site has been sold and the garden is now shut down as a residence will be built at that location.

Other community or school gardens not run by Nanaimo Community Gardens Society

Barsby School Gardens — At the corner of 7th and Bruce Ave. near the tennis courts at John Barsby Community High School. Contact Coordinator Andy at Nanaimo Foodshare, 250-753-9393 or foodsharegardens@shaw.ca

Beaufort Park — Currently we have a few plots available which we would like to fill. We have upgraded this garden considerably with lots of team effort and have attractive new beds filled and waiting for new owners to join us. We also have a variety of communal beds to supplement your own personal plot. If you are interested please contact beaufortcommunitygarden@gmail.com Allotment plots for rent.

Beban Urban Gardens (BUGs) — Located at Beban Park. Contact Karen Streeter at 250-390-4245 or email dkstreeter@shaw.ca.

Bethlehem Retreat Centre Garden — The vegetables, herbs, berries and fruit from this garden are used by the cooks in the kitchen in their meal preparation for the many people who go there for meetings, workshops and retreats. There is also a Children’s Garden in a corner of the larger garden. Contact Lynne Alton: walking2@shaw.ca or 250-722-3633.

Fairview School Gardens — At Fairview Community Elementary School on 2nd St Contact Coordinator Andy at Nanaimo Foodshare, 250-753-9393 or foodsharegardens@shaw.ca

Forest Drive Gyro Park – A small community garden with 8 raised beds to rent and several communal beds as well. Very pleasant surroundings and a family atmosphere. It may be a difficult garden to find so call if you are interested. Contact Shawna at 250-802-1022

Gabriola Commons — #9-755 Church St. Contact Heide Brown 250-247-8144

Georgia Ave Elementary School Gardens — Contact Misty 250-753-4511; community assistance welcomed.

Ladysmith Community Gardens — 25 allotment beds rented to community members and an area where food is grown for the Ladysmith Soup Kitchen and the Born Healthy Organization. Located at Kiwi Cove Lodge, 5130 Brenton Page Rd.Contact Rita Balboni at 250-245-0070 or lcgladysmith@gmail.com. Find them on Facebook or http://ladysmithcommunitygardensociety.weebly.com/

Nanaimo Women’s Centre — 285 Selby St Therapeutic garden for women and children. Food grown is used communally by families accessing the centre and in learning to cook together through Community Kitchens. Male volunteers welcome. Contact Executive Director Lesley Clarke, 250-753-0633 or email nanaimowomen.com.

Parksville Community Allotment Gardens — Mc Vickers St. & Old Is. Hwy @ Shell station and Liquor Store. Contact Annette Dexter adexter@shaw.ca.

Pauline Haarer Garden — along Campbell St. edge of school grounds. Contact Wendy: 250-753-5187. Community involvement welcome.

Pawson Park Community Garden — Administered by the Pawson Park Committee, this raised bed garden is in a small, city-operated Park on the corner of Machleary and Franklyn Streets in the Old City Quarter. Contact Jen at islkid@hotmail.com.

Princess Royal Family Centre — 260 Irwin St. Contact Eileen Bennewith (Community Nutritionist, VIHA) 250-755-7855 eileen.bennewith@viha.ca.

Protection Island Community Garden — 173 Colvilleton Trail Contact Jim Harris 250-740-0317 meharris@telus.net.

Turner Rd. Allotment Gardens – Turner Rd. and the Hwy, in North Nanaimo. Contact Muriel Toynbee at toynd@shaw.ca or 250-816-1342

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