Our little 5'x10' piece of dirt-heaven in our local community organic garden yields a bumper crop of creativity, joy, contentment, pride, connection, peacefulness... along with veg & berries & flowers singing with life and bursting with wellbeing...in our "common areas" we pitch in together (there are 52 personal plots) to plant & tend squashes, zukes, melons, pumpkins, beans, corn, raspberries, strawberries, rhubarb...and in a couple of years, apples from our thriving baby fruit trees...we lay flagstone walks, create beauty-gardens around seating benches, build pergolas and composting bins...and generate mega-watts of positive energy that flows out to the whole community ps~ we also donate produce to the food bank. Sylvia Taylor
Alexandra Neighbourhood House oversees two community gardens consisting of eighty leased plots, five food-sharing plots, and over one hundred gardeners.
Growing Communty - One Radish at a Time!
Plot-holders at Crescent Park Community Garden met for their annual fall meeting, where CPCG Master Gardener Senga Fullam gave an excellent presentation on preparing gardens for the fall and winter, including winter gardening; and spoke of what she learned at a conference on place-based food systems.
What is a community garden?
A community garden is a shared resource. Individuals from the community lease plots annually. Usually, as is the case with our community gardens, the plots are in enclosed, raised boxes. In addition to the individual plots, community gardens often include communal plots for larger and/or more space-consuming crops (like corn, pumpkins, or berry bushes) and food-sharing plots for the wider community or for food banks.
Our community gardens
Alexandra Community Garden was established in 2012, and is located in the park on Sullivan St across from our Crescent Beach location. It consists of thirty leased plots, a food-sharing plot, and several communally-tended ornamental and herb boxes. Across the street, at our main facility, volunteers also tend a large plot growing produce for the Sources Food Bank. Features of the garden include a gate and dry creek-bed feature, a pergola with a picnic table and benches, a “little free library,” a garden shed, and compost boxes.
Opened in 2015, Crescent Park Community Garden is located at the corner of 128th St and 25th Ave on property owned by the operator of Kiwanis Park Place (to which it is adjacent). The garden has fifty-four leased plots, along with two additional plots tended by pupils at Crescent Park Elementary. There’s a food sharing plot, several communally-tended vegetable plots, beehives and birdhouses for pollinators, a pergola with a picnic table and benches, a garden shed, compost boxes, and a pathway skirting the edge of the one acre site.
Why does Alex House have community gardens?
Our two gardens are central to our mission to engage and develop community through programs and activities which invite people to connect. At the same time, the gardens provide participating families and food bank patrons with a local source of fresh, organically-grown produce, helping to enhance nutritional well-being. Participants enjoy benefits to their physical and mental health through the activity of gardening; and the gardening community grows together through social gatherings and work parties to maintain and beautify this shared resource, held in trust for gardeners yet-to-come.
In addition to all of these benefits, our community gardens are also venues for education and engagement. Each include volunteer certified Master Gardeners, who provide information and advice to plot-holders on best practices. Gardeners are encouraged and empowered to engage with the community beyond the gardens, in order to advocate for food security, greenspace protection, and the development of more community gardens in Surrey and White Rock.
In these and many other ways, community gardening contributes to the health and well-being of individuals, neighbourhoods, the larger community, and – by extension – the world.
How do I get involved?
People join community gardens for a lot of different reasons: to expand the room they have to garden, to be part of a larger community, to have a venue to volunteer for a healthy, outdoor activity or for all these and other reasons!
Plots in our garden are leased annually, with application forms being made available in February. New applicants pay a nominal deposit pending acceptance of their application – and the fees are $25/year, plus membership in Alexandra Neighbourhood House ($10/individual, $8/senior or student). Kiwanis Park Place residents applying to garden at Crescent Park Community Garden pay a flat annual fee of $15.
If you would like to learn more or get on the waitlist to receive an application for the upcoming community garden season, contact email@example.com, or 604-535-0015 ext 236.
The power of community! Volunteers recently tackled a construction project building a cob shed.
Crescent Park Community Garden
After years of planning, Crescent Park Community Garden was built by dedicated volunteers who hauled crushed gravel, laid down mulch, and built garden boxes and compost bins to create a gem of a community garden in the heart of Ocean Park.
Alexandra Community Garden
Alexandra Community Garden consists of thirty plots, leased on an annual basis to members of the community. It is located in a small park, privately owned by Alex House, across the street from the facility in Crescent Beach.
For more information on our community garden please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer Master Gardeners and mentors, Patti Chabot and Kathy Starke.