Hamilton Community Garden Network

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The Hamilton Community Garden Network (HCGN), a project hosted by the Neighbour to Neighbour Centre, collaboratively supports people in building and sustaining community gardening projects from the perspective of improving food security and community building in Hamilton.

community gardens also are a place for learning new skills, building relationships and so many other social, psychological and physical benefits

A Community Gardens is when a group of people grow and maintain vegetables, herbs, flowers or all of the above on a collective piece of land. In addition to helping people access land to grow food, community gardens also are a place for learning new skills, building relationships and so many other social, psychological and physical benefits.

With over 88 community gardens in the network, the HCGN connects people to guidance and tools

Through our online garden directory, we help people to connect with a diversity of community gardens in the Hamilton area; plot rental gardens, communal gardens, gardens for youth, gardens that donate their produce to food programs, public space gardens, and gardens that support pollinators. Some of these are connected to Community Health Centres, Food Banks, Schools, City Housing sites, Neighbourhood groups, or Churches while others are open to the public. In either care, community gardens are started by a group of people working together with many in Hamilton growing deep roots over many years. With over 88 community gardens in the network, the HCGN connects people to guidance and tools to:

  • Find Gardens through our interactive directory and map
  • Access Resources and Tools to start, run, or participate in a garden, and access donations/supplies, including our “10 Steps to start a community garden in Hamilton” guide
  • Learn and Connect see our online events calendar for workshops, gardening events, and meet-ups and connect with us on social media, or give us a call

Using our website we maintain up-to-date profiles and contact info for community gardens in the Hamilton area. This helps people to see where the gardens are on the map, basic info about the garden, and who to contact. In our Tools and Resources page we host a collection of resources and information on lots of urban gardening topics and our 10 step guide to starting a community garden in Hamilton. And of course anyone can get in touch to ask questions. For garden coordinators we host Knowledge Swaps during the winter months where we have the chance to meet up in person to cross-pollinate ideas on how to mutually support each other and develop tools that can further promote, ripen and sustain community gardening.  Our network works to connect everyone to allow the sharing the ideas, materials, expertise.

The HCGN is working towards a Hamilton in which everyone has the opportunity to participate in and benefit from gardens grown to meet their needs.

 

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