Community Gardens

Peace Garden Park, May 2011. Photo by G. Charest.

Peace Garden Park, May 2011. Photo by G. Charest.

Oliver currently has one community garden named Peace Garden Park located at 10259-120 Street. It provides an opportunity for residents to enjoy the health, social, economic and environmental benefits of local, organic gardening. No chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, etc. are used at the community garden.

The name Peace Garden Park was chosen because 103 avenue was formerly known as Peace Avenue. ‘Garden Park’ reflects the unique dual purpose of this space as both a community garden (maintained by the garden members on behalf of Oliver Community League) and public park space (maintained by the City of Edmonton Parks department).

To contact the Peace Garden Park committee, email garden@olivercommunity.com.

Gardening at Peace Garden Park FAQ

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1. What is a community garden?

A community garden is a group of people who garden in individual plots and/or common areas. In Edmonton, most community gardens are operated in partnership with a not-for-profit entity such as a municipal department, social service agency, church or co-operative housing complex. See all of Edmonton’s community gardens at Sustainable Food Edmonton (formerly Community Garden Network). Community gardens are created for a variety of reasons. Primarily, community gardeners grow for food self-reliance, for physical activity, and for social interaction.

Community gardens serve a community of diversity: the elderly, teens, low income, newly arrived immigrants, young children, and people with a variety of physical and mental capacities. Quality of life is enhanced for all; influencing the individual, the family and the community in many ways. On a personal level, individuals are healthier with access to organic fruits and vegetables, are physically more active, and enjoy the benefits of social interactions with their neighbours. Depressed, isolated, or bored individuals become healthy community leaders. Families learn to work together to increase their food security. Recent immigrants to Canada feel more at home and more engaged with their neighbours. Food is often grown for the Food Bank.

Physical change takes place within the community landscape. Unsightly abandoned lots are turned into safe and vibrant community gathering places. Monotonous lawns are filled with edible and decorative plant species which increase biodiversity. Neighbourhoods are greener, and have better weed and litter control.

2. How did Peace Garden Park start?

More details coming soon…

3. How can I become a member of (and get a plot at) Peace Garden Park?

There are 87 plots, of which 12 are raised in cedar boxes. The garden plots are assigned on a first come, fist served basis to Oliver residents. Gardeners who had a plot last year and were in good standing will be granted their plot again for this year, then we contact people from the wait list in order of date of request to any open plots.

To sign up to our garden plot wait list, please complete this form

4. Who organizes/coordinates the garden and gardeners?

More details coming soon…

2013 Garden Director: Justin Keats.

2013 Garden Committee: Alice P, Allison H, Anna V, Cliff B, David N, Faith F, Gil C, Jessica F, Kathryn M, Kathy T, Kelsey G, Ken M, Linda B, Nick R, Thia F,  Tina T.

Garden Committee Terms of Reference coming soon.

5. What is required of garden members?

2013 Gardener Contract (print on 8″x14″ page)
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6. How can I grow food elsewhere in Oliver?

Oliver neighbourhood has a unique idea to plant gardens on sidewalk boulevards.

A group of Oliver residents are currently organizing to start a second community garden south of Jasper Avenue. If you are interested in getting involved in this project, please contact garden@olivercommunity.com.

7. How do I grow food in such a small space?

More details coming soon…

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