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Where to Begin

Gettingstarted -3So you've considered the many benefits of community gardens and you think you want to start one. 

Where do you begin? 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.   

1. First, contact us at the Community Garden Resource Network. We've worked with public and private gardens in the city, and we can help you through the rest of the process.

2. Next, contact your local community association.

3. Read up on the application checklist and the FAQ on the City of Calgary community garden web page.

4. Contact the City of Calgary Parks Community Strategist staff member for your neighbourhood. 

North, Zones 1 and 2 and 3, Vivian Cantin 3-1-1
South, Zones 4 and 5,  call 3-1-1 John Merryman
West, Zones 6 and 7,  Ron Neff 3-1-1
Centre, Zone 8, Ron Buchan 3-1-1

You can find out what zone your community is in by calling 3-1-1.

5. 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 site location and availability of resources and is only given to one garden in each community."

Each year the City of Calgary Waste and Recycling Services makes available some compost for community gardens from the leaf and pumpkin composting program. You must load and transport the compost yourselves after getting an appointment. If your community garden would like to access some of this grade A compost, you can email Rick Jozwiak with the following information:

  1. Name of Community Garden
  2. Garden Address
  3. Contact Name 
  4. Contact Number
  5. Contact Email Address
  6. When (date and time) you want to pick up the compost
  7. Who will haul the compost
  8. What volume of compost is requested
  9. Willing to put up small sign (supplied by the City of Calgary) saying "Compost Donated by The City of Calgary Waste and Recycling Services"

The rest of this section of the site we will walk you through:

Getting Started -1

and more! 

Experience has taught us that it's often the people, not the plants or forms, that provide the greatest challenges and rewards of community gardens, so throughout each section, you'll also find resources on nurturing your garden team and connecting with your community.

If you are interested in starting a school food garden you will find the following sources helpful:

 

If you are interested in a community fruit orchard take a look at the  following sources: