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Community Gardens and Orchards

Community gardens create a healthier and more livable community. They allow people to grow nutritious food while connecting with their neighbours. We recognize the positive impact they have on our communities and the environment.

We support these gardens through our Community Gardens Program. The program aims to provide education and resources on starting your own garden and encourage the creation of gardens on City-owned land. Learn more about our Community Gardens Program Policy.

Community gardens

Community gardens provide a shared space to grow and harvest fruits and vegetables, herbs, flowers or native plants.  

We worked with community partners to create the Kingston Community Garden Network. This network helps make new community gardens on public or private land and keeps existing gardens in our city going strong. 

The Community Garden Program includes: 

  • Growing annual and perennial food plants, medicinal plants and flowers 
  • Planting Indigenous, cultural and native plants 
  • Creating pollinator gardens 
  • Establishing little forests 
  • Growing orchards and edible forests with fruit trees, nut trees and shrubs 
  • Designing landscapes with edible plants 

Learn more about our different gardens 

Kingston is home to dozens of community gardens and the list is always growing! The Kingston Community Gardens Network offers a full directory of all community gardens in the city.

Gardens of interest don’t produce food. Instead, they offer interesting ideas that you can incorporate in your own backyard or community garden. 

Loving Spoonful's school-garden based GROW Project teaches 890 students at 21 Kingston and area schools about good food, community, collaboration and how we can take care of our environment.

Program features

Gardens that are in the program may have the following features:  

  • Allotment plots
  • Communal plots
  • Donation plots or gardens
  • Amenities such as access to water supply and shared tools
  • Accessible compost bins
  • A tool storage shed
  • Signage and other provisions necessary for the operation of the garden

Benefits of the program

  • Promotes the production of local, healthy and fresh food 
  • Enhances local food security 
  • Offers education on gardening and the environment 
  • Encourages schools, youth groups and older adults to get involved 
  • Creates positive social interactions among community members 
  • Works with other organizations in the community 
  • Donates extra food to local food pantries, food banks and meal programs

Join a community garden or orchard

For information about joining an existing community garden or orchard, or starting a new one, contact: 

Kingston Community Gardens Network Coordinator 
Phone: 613-507-8848

The City of Kingston acknowledges that we are on the traditional homeland of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and the Huron-Wendat, and thanks these nations for their care and stewardship over this shared land.

Today, the City is committed to working with Indigenous peoples and all residents to pursue a united path of reconciliation.

Learn more about the City's reconciliation initiatives.

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