DIG Gardens

Care and Share Community Permaculture Garden

Location: Port Perry Fairgrounds
Established: 2013
Number of plots: 
Garden Coordinator: Lynne Chase
Contact: chase.lynne@gmail.com
Website: http://caresharegarden.ca 
Directions: Just North of the West gate off Old Simcoe Road.

About Our Garden:

The garden is very slowly evolving – the current focus is on building soil using natural methods, and providing a small yield of cucumbers and tomatoes to the local food bank. Sheet mulching, use of cover crops such as alfalfa, barley, and borage, and collection of leaves are some of our ongoing projects.

Available: Opportunities for planting, watering, harvesting, seed saving, studying flora and fauna on site, photography, and just enjoying the sights, sounds, and smells of the garden!

The Care and Share Permaculture Garden is located within the Port Perry Fairgrounds (leased from the Township of Scugog by the Port Perry Agricultural Society). Garden volunteers must register with the Garden Coordinator to ensure that appropriate liability coverage is in place. Expansion of the garden to include member plots may be possible in the future. Welcome and enjoy!

Grassmere Garden of Health

Location: 115 Grassmere Ave., Oshawa, ON
Established: 2011
Number of plots: 
Garden Coordinator: Ana Pacheco
Contact: kmcconkey@ochc.ca
Website: www.ochc.ca    
Directions: The garden is located at the Oshawa Community Health Centre. To get here take Simcoe St. south just past Wentworth and turn west on Thomas Street. Take your first left on Ravine Rd, then your first right on Grassmere Ct.

About our garden: 

The Grassmere Community Garden is a FREE community initiative open to residents of all ages interested in the process of growing healthy food. It offers the opportunity to share in the creation, maintenance and cultivation of the garden. The garden provides food, recreation and therapeutic opportunities for everyone involved.

Hebron Community Garden

Location: 4240 Anderson Street, Whitby, ON L1R 2W1
Established: 2013
Number of plots: 20+
Garden Coordinator: Brandon Fayer and Victoria Fayer
Contact: hebroncommunitygarden@gmail.com
Website: www.hebronchurch.ca
Facebook: facebook.com/pages/Hebron-Community-Garden
Directions: North of Taunton Road on Anderson Street

About our garden:

Our garden is comprised of raised garden plots currently, 4 x 10 feet, with plans to build larger ones next year. Each bed is built with cedar logs and filled with triple mix soil and composted soil. A weed compost and a barrel watering system are available.

Hope Community Garden

Location: Hope Fellowship Church, 1685 Bloor St. Courtice
Established: 2012
Number of plots: 
Garden Coordinator: Simon Muizelaar
Contact: smuizelaar@rogers.com
Website: sites.google.com/site/hopecommunitygardens
Directions: Just west of Courtice Road on South side of Bloor Street

About our garden:   

The Hope Community Garden is a community outreach initiative of Hope Fellowship Church, providing gardening space to church and community members who do not have the space, or growing conditions, to garden at home.

The mission of Hope Community Garden is to strengthen community bonds by creating and sustaining a community garden space in Courtice that will foster environmental stewardship, horticultural education and outreach opportunities, and provide excess produce to community organizations.

·  Create a Gardening Space for community interaction and fun across all ages, cultures and incomes;
·  Create Local Sustainable Food Sources for area residents and Community Food Banks.
·  Promote Sustainable Garden Practices such as organic gardening and on-site composting

Oshawa Harmony Community Garden

Location:  1661 Harmony Rd. N. Oshawa
Established:  2012
Number of plots:  42
Garden Coordinator:  Julie Reid
Contact:  legendsgarden@gmail.com
Website:  https://legendscommunitygarden.wordpress.com/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/legendsgarden
Directions: On the North side of the Legends Community Centre

About our garden:

The Legends Community Garden is located on the north side of Oshawa’s Legends Centre. Located on City property, the garden is open concept. Gardeners can access the garden from May to the end of October. A committee of volunteers oversees the garden and they are elected by the garden membership at an annual general meeting in March.

Maple Tree Community Garden

Location:  Beside McCaskill Mills Public School in Cannington, Ontario
Established:  2009
Number of plots:  20
Garden Coordinator:  Kim Bouwmeester
Contact:  info@tndf.ca
Website:  http://mapletreecommunitygarden.wordpress.com/
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/mapletree
Directions:  North on Hwy 12 to Cannington turn just beside McCaskill PS

About our garden:

A welcoming place where people come together to grow organic herbs, vegetables, fruit, flowers and friendship. Located in Cannington, Ontario; serving north Durham region including Sunderland, Beaverton, Cannington, Woodville

Mary Street Community Garden

Location:  1139 Mary St. N, Oshawa, ON
Established:  2011
Number of plots:  35 plus 6 raised plots
Garden Coordinator:  
Membership and Communal Plots:  Brenda Theriault and Jeerawan Sara
Contact:  Marystreetcommunitygarden@gmail.com
Website:  marystreetcommunitygarden.webs.com
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/146885938835076/
Directions:  We are in North Oshawa Park next to the tennis courts.

About our garden:

We are a small, sociable garden with a wonderful blend of new and established Canadians, novice and experienced, and accessibility-required gardeners. In addition to individual plots, we have several communal plots maintained and nurtured by our gardener volunteers. There are flower beds for pollinators and beds for fruit and vegetables that are shared among our membership. We meet regularly and have joyful potluck socials right at the garden. 

St Andrew’s Community Garden

Location:  48 Exeter Road, Ajax ON
Established:  2011
Number of plots:  71
Garden Coordinator:  Wayne Hingston
Contact:  ajaxcomgarden@gmail.com
Website:  www.ajax.ca/en/livinginajax/communitygardens.asp
Directions:  Located behind the St. Andrew's Community Centre on Exeter Road, Ajax

About our garden:

Located in St. Andrew’s Park, in the heart of Ajax, is an oasis of vegetables and flowers.  A community garden must be more than just a bunch of plots for growing food.  Community comes from cooperation and mutual support, through volunteered time.  Seventy-one plots are tended by local plot-holders, with two plots designated exclusively for food bank donations.  A few raised beds are available to gardeners experiencing physical limitations. The Town of Ajax solidly supports this project, and is hoping to create others in the community.

St Johns Anglican Church Community Garden

Location:  150 Victoria St. East
Established:  2015
Number of plots:  24
Garden Coordinator:  Janet Stephenson
Contact:  stjohnsanglicanwhitby@gmail.com
Website:  www.stjohnswhitby.ca
Directions:  South of the 401, on Brock St. South, turn left at Victoria St. East to Church parking lot, turn left into parking lot.

About our garden:

2017 marked our third year as an organic, Community Garden. We have thirty-one individual plots, with shared herb garden and flower beds.  We donate a portion of what we grow to local foodbanks.
We have been working to make our Garden a growing, sharing place, practical and beautiful.

Salvation Army Garden

Location:  570 Thornton Rd., Oshawa, ON
Established:  2002
Number of plots:  19
Garden Coordinator:  Laura McDougall
Contact:  lmcdougall@oshawa-temple.org
Website:  www.oshawa-temple.org
Facebook:  http://facebook.com/saoshawa
Twitter: @saoshawa
Directions:  Located at the Salvation Army Temple on the east side Thornton Road just south of Rossland Road.

About our garden:

The Salvation Army’s Community Garden currently has 19 plots. Each Garden Plot is 5 x 15. All Garden soil, seeds and plants are provided to get you started. Access to Garden is Combination Lock Entry. Garden tools are provided on site. We are currently looking for anyone interested in acquiring a plot within our Garden community.

If you have any questions or you would like to visit the Garden please feel free to contact me directly.

Community Garden Coordinator:
Laura McDougall

The Garden of Eatin’

Location:  12251 Regional Road#1, Leaskdale, ON
Number of plots:  2 plots of approximately 200 sq. feet each
Garden Coordinator:  Ann Watson
Website:  www.northhouse.ca/events.htm
Directions:  The Garden of Eatin’ is located on the 4th concession, in front of St Paul’s Leaskdale Church. 

Valley Plentiful

Location:  Diana Princess of Wales Park
Established:  2008
Number of plots:  120
Garden Coordinator:  Carolyn Kasperski
Contact:  valleyplentiful@gmail.com
Website:  http://pickeringgarden.blogspot.com/
Directions:  Behind the Pickering Recreation Complex at Kingston Road & Valley Farm Road

About our garden:

As the only community garden in Durham Region located in a public park, we started in 2008 with
only 8 gardeners and have now grown to now grown to 120 beds.
Though just a sprout, the garden has received interest from other regions and has been awarded a
City of Pickering Civic Award for our contributions to sustainability.

Whitby Ajax Garden Project

Location:  Whitby Ajax Border
Established:  2001
Number of plots:  53 Member Plots & 63 Plots for donations to food banks/agencies
Garden Coordinator:  Victoria Templer
Contact:  grow@plantingthefuture.ca
Website:  www.plantingthefuture.ca
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/WhitbyAjaxGardenProject
Directions:  Located on the east side of Lakeridge road , just south of Hwy 7

About our garden:

The Whitby Ajax Garden Project is a volunteer driven urban agriculture project located on 5 acres in the greenbelt within the Region of Durham. Its vision is planting today for the future.

Its mission is to establish and maintain urban agriculture projects, including community gardens, to promote health and healing through urban agriculture and the natural environment, and to undertake these projects according to the Christian principles of creation care and for the benefit of all. It incorporates community garden, communal garden (food banks) and creek side restoration project.

The Whitby Ajax Garden Project (WAGP) is in its fifteenth year of producing fresh vegetables for local food banks and people in need. The Whitby Ajax Garden Project has grown and donated approximately 25,000 pounds of fresh produce over the last three years reaching 14,000 people annually; it is distributed on a regular basis throughout the growing season to approx.10 agencies and food banks in Durham Region.

In 2004, the garden began to provide plots for those who to grow and learn to grow their own food but did not have access to land or appropriate growing conditions. The plots in both growing sections now number approx.116; 53 designated for members and 63 to food banks/ agencies. Further expansion is being planned for 2015 /2016.

Further expansion in 2010 resulted in completion of a creek side restoration project, with educational paths and added a large herb garden.

The garden helped initiate the establishment of Durham Integrated Growers; provided leadership for Durham Food Charter development; is a voting member of the Durham Food Policy Council; and consults on development of other urban agricultural projects within Durham Region through DIG.

Victory Gardens

Location:  200 Winchester Rd
Established:  2009
Number of plots:  30
Garden Coordinator:  Joan Kerr
Contact:  joankerr@fbsc.org
Website:  http://victorygardens.green/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Victory-Gardens/340269472848176

About our garden:

Windfields Community Garden is a project sponsored by the Foundation for Building Sustainable Communities (fbsc.org) a not for profit organization with a mission to cultivate sustainable sensibilities and a mandate to preserve and repair the environment.