COVID-19 and Community Gardens
On April 25, the Ontario government announced new emergency orders to permit the use of allotment gardens and community gardens across the province. "These gardens are an essential source of fresh food for some individuals and families, including those who face food insecurity. Local medical officers of health will provide advice, recommendation and instructions that the gardens must meet in order to operate, such as physical distancing, and cleaning and disinfecting commonly used equipment and surfaces." https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/04/ontario-allows-the-redeployment-of-staff-to-better-care-for-vulnerable-people-during-covid-19.html?fbclid=IwAR1u7nPTvg_VejcYdIv03P8828hWwA_t_Ht69zUl0TCwDGTY1Q0fpLOUXi8
Thanks to everyone who took the time to write or call their representatives. This is a big win, and the result of a massive collaborative advocacy effort. Good work everyone!
The Kingston Community Gardens Network has collaborated with KFL&A Public Health and the City of Kingston to draft COVID-19 Safe Operating Recommendations for Community Gardens. Please review these before opening your garden for the season.
We Want YOU to #Garden4Good!
Loving Spoonful/Kingston Community Gardens Network has partnered with the Kingston Area Seed System Initiative (KASSI) and the Rideau 1000 Islands Master Gardeners to launch a campaign we are calling "Garden For Good".
The COVID-19 crisis is laying bare the vulnerabilities and inequities of the industrial food system. To increase the resilience of our food system, we need to grow a LOT MORE food and seeds locally! And not just in the countryside - Kingston’s city-scape holds vast potential for urban agriculture. You can grow food and seeds almost anywhere - window sills, containers, balconies, backyards, front yards and community gardens.
If you’re new to gardening, never fear! We’ll support you with tons of tips and tricks, weekly live Q&A zoom chats with Master Gardeners, a weekly small group vegetable garden coaching call, a forum for exchanging seeds and plants with your neighbours, and a hub for sharing the harvest! If you have kids, this is a great way to get outdoors and learn new skills as a family.
Loving Spoonful will distribute surplus garden produce to those in need, as usual, through the Grow-A-Row program.
Find more details here and join the Garden for Good YGK Facebook group to keep in touch!
Starting a Community Garden?
Our Garden Guide and Community Gardening 101 manual can help to lead you through the steps of assembling your group, establishing guidelines, planning the garden, working with the city or other land owners, and more.
This guide outlines the process for starting a community garden or community orchard/food forest on municipal land.
Contact the Kingston Community Gardens Network coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) to learn more about establishing a new community garden in the Kingston area.
Find your local community garden
Check out our interactive map of Kingston's community gardens!
Kingston is home to 35 community gardens, plus 21 GROW Project school gardens.
Visit the Local Gardens page to find the full list.
If you are interested in joining a community garden, please email the coordinator of that garden (contact info on the Local Gardens page).
General inquiries can be send to