The University hopes that community gardens will help bridge the urban / green space divide, providing an opportunity for people to interact and enjoy green space on campus. The University hopes that community gardens will help raise awareness about the importance of growing food in the local community.
Growing your own food can be gratifying, as it contributes to the culture of sustainability, reduces the environmental footprint associated with the transportation of goods and creates an environment that makes sustainable development possible on campus.
Where are the community gardens on campus?
The first community garden is located at the historical garden site behind the University Centre. It houses approximately seven plots (including the Bernadette Child Care Centre plot). The second garden is located at 651 King Edward with approximately 28 plots.
When is the garden open for business?
The community garden is open from the early spring (May) and until mid-autumn (October).
Who runs the program?
The University of Ottawa’s Physical Resources Service (PRS) and the Ontario Public Interest and Research Group (OPIRG) is responsible for the garden. PRS is responsible for providing the space and maintaining the grounds while OPIRG is responsible for organizing and managing the gardens.
For more information about the garden and how to get a plot, contact the Community Garden Coordinator.