In Calgary most community gardens are established in partnership with the City of Calgary Parks and community-based organizations on public land, so start with the three main players involved.
- First, read through and view the resources availlable on our Community Gardens pages.
- Next, contact your local community association.
- Read up on the application checklist and the FAQ on the City of Calgary community garden web page.
- Contact the City of Calgary Parks Community Strategist staff member for your neighbourhood:
- North-West (Ward 1,2,4,6) Guy Beavers 403.221.4563
- Central (Wards 7,8) Ron Buchan 403.537.7571
- North-East (Wards 3,5,9,10) Vivian Cantin 403.300.0103
- South (Wards 11,12,13,14) John Merriman 403.268.8402
- Advice from The City: “The City of Calgary supports community gardens on public land in the first year of establishment only. Community garden groups can apply for funding up to $5,000 in materials and irrigation based on location and availability of resources, and are only given to one garden in each community.”
- Each year the City of Calgary Waste and Recycling Services makes some green bin program compost available to community gardens. You must load and transport the compost yourselves after getting an appointment. If your community garden would like to access some of this compost, contact 311 and request an application.
If you are interested in starting a school food garden you will find the following sources helpful:
- A Guide to Growing School Gardens from Alberta Agriculture
- Province of Alberta Ag Education: School Gardens and Horticulture resources
If you are interested in a community fruit orchard take a look at the following sources:
Alberta Health Services has a handbook for community groups interested in starting a community garden:
- Community Gardens Handbook—How to Start and Maintain a Garden: A Guide for Community Groups in Alberta
Contact us at the Calgary Horticultural Society if you require additional advice.