Community Gardens

Community Gardens are shared spaces where people gather together to grow fruit, vegetables, and/or flowers collectively. Community gardens can help promote food security for participants by increasing physical and economic access to adequate amounts of healthy food. Community gardens provide health, economic, educational, social, and environmental benefits to participants and the community at large. (Halton Food Council)

 

Art in the Garden - In 2015, the Council partnered with ArtHouse, Halton Community Housing Corporation, Oakville Galleries, and Art Gallery of Burlington to link mind and body through a process of cultivation that utilizes the power of art and gardening to help create a vibrant community for members of the Halton Community Housing complexes.

In response to public feedback, the Council has engaged in a series of community garden initiatives since 2011 to facilitate the development of community gardens in Halton

 

In May 3, 2014, the Council held its first Halton Community Garden Networking Event to release the results of Community Garden Policy Scan to the public and to discuss opportunities and challenges of community gardens.

In 2013, the Council released:

Community Garden Policy Scan (2013) - Funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, this resource is an external scan of academic and grey literature on policies, by-laws, and regulations.

Community Garden Initiative Advocacy Plan (2013) - Funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation, this is designed to guide the Council and local stakeholders to advocate for policy changes to support the development of community gardens.