Community Gardens

Community Gardens

Paul Reynolds Centre Community Garden pilot project
Community Garden Workshop

Community gardens are neighbourhood food assets that help build local and sustainable food systems by improving peoples’ access to healthy foods. Healthy food systems support healthy communities by helping ensure that nutritious, accessible and affordable food is available to individuals and families in their neighbourhood or community.

Benefits of participating in a community garden include:

  • building wellness for individuals, families and communities
  • providing opportunities to eat more vegetables and fruits
  • be physically active
  • support mental wellbeing
  • build social connections in the community
  • intergenerational and cultural transfer of skills and knowledge
  • build inspiration for other community development initiatives

Paul Reynolds Centre Community Garden pilot project

In Spring 2018, Healthy City St. John’s in partnership with the Local Immigration Partnership received funding from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development to pilot a community garden project at the Paul Reynolds Community Centre. This community garden pilot will provide newcomers to St. John’s the opportunity to improve their access to, and consumption of, locally grown vegetables and fruits, while creating an inclusive welcoming space to build self-confidence and developing meaningful social connections within the community.

The pilot will contribute to the network of community gardens across the City of St. John's, build new community garden partnerships with organizations operating community gardens, and offer training and education on community gardening for gardeners and volunteers.

Community Garden Workshop

Through Healthy City St. John’s new partnerships with local organizations interested in community gardens, including Food First NL, Memorial University - Student Life, Association for New Canadians, Home Depot, and MUN Botanical Garden brought together more than 95 people interested in community gardening for a day of education and training on community gardens. For a snapshot of the day, watch the video below.

 

Visit Food First NL, if you would like to learn about other local community gardens in St. John’s and check out their Best Practice Community Garden Toolkit to learn more about starting your own community garden.

If you would like to start your own community garden or for more information on the City of St. John’s Healthy City project connect with us by email at healthycommunities@stjohns.ca or by phone at (709) 576-8628.