Support from your community is an essential part
of the garden application that you must submit to The City of
Calgary. Each community garden group needs to provide
evidence demonstrating community need for and support for a
At a minimum, you need to obtain:
- Team of at least 10 volunteers
- Letter or Board motion from Community Association
- Letter of Support from your city councillor
- Survey of Neighbour Support from people facing the proposed
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Fostering Good Community
Any new or unfamiliar use of land will create both
positive and negative reactions from neighbours. The key to
alleviating some of the negative reactions is good
communications. Listen carefully, address concerns
constructively and be prepared to be flexible.
You can also set your garden up for success by:
- Going door-to-door to chat with any residents living in
direct line of sight of the proposed garden.
- Designing the garden to include beauty elements that
enhance curb appeal.
- Considerately placing compost piles, portable toilets or
recycling in discreet locations.
- Inviting residents to view and discuss proposed garden
layouts at a public open house.
- Using garden maintenance and compost care strategies that
address concerns about tidiness, sanitation and odors.
- Being willing to explore another garden site if there is
intense resistance to the proposed site
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