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These requirements and guidelines apply to permanent and temporary community gardens located in open spaces, including those on parkland, right-of-way, community league licensed land, as well as private land leased by the City.

Comply with Alberta Health Services public health orders for isolation if you are symptomatic, travelled, or have tested positive for COVID-19. These public health orders apply to all public areas, including community gardens.

For more information please visit:

Alberta Health Services
Government of Alberta

 

Community Garden Guidelines. Enjoy Responsibly.

Users must follow all Alberta public health measures relating to COVID-19. For more information please refer to the COVID-19 Public Health Order Violations.

  1. Capacity
    There are limits to outdoor gatherings. Please respect the limit and wait your turn if the garden is at capacity.
  2. Distancing
    Minimum 2-metre distance between individuals at all times. Wear a mask where 2-metre distancing cannot be maintained.
  3. Purpose
    Time spent in the gardens is for growing edible plants only. Please do not hold large gatherings or social events.
  4. Hand Washing
    Wash or sanitize your hands before entering and after exiting the garden site.
  5. Equipment/Tools
    Gardeners must bring their own equipment/tools, gardening gloves, and disinfecting products. Please take these items with you when you leave.
  6. Garbage Disposal
    If garbage receptacles are not located within the garden, gardeners must take their garbage with them.
  7. Service Animals Only
    Service animals must be leashed, wearing service vest/identification, and must not be in direct contact with edibles. Please wash your hands before and after interacting with pets.

Reduce risks of touch points if the community needs to access the garden through a gate, building, or other common area.

Signage

Community gardens will be required to post signage provided by the City of Edmonton that outlines key safety requirements.

Consider creating direction of flow signage through the garden area.

*Please note that these guidelines are subject to change.

Garden Access Plan

Gardening groups are expected to create and document a Garden Access Plan that meets their needs based on the composition of the group, configuration of the garden, etc and make the plan available to all gardening participants.

The Garden Access Plan must:

  • Follow AHS requirements including distancing and group size. If individuals find that the garden is at capacity, they are expected to abstain from entering the space until enough people leave to respect the limit.
  • Include a schedule to provide guidance for members on when they can safely tend to their plot.
  • Inform where gardeners can go to access most up-to date guidelines.
  • Describe how the group will monitor the use of the community garden.
  • Require hands to be washed and sanitized before entering and after leaving the garden site.
  • Identify common touch points including water taps and hoses, locks, and gates and provide direction on sanitizing them before and after touching.
  • Specify that gardeners must bring their own tools/equipment, gardening gloves and disinfecting products and must take these items with them when they leave.
  • Where garbage receptacles are not located within the garden, gardeners must take their trash with them and deposit it in an appropriate garbage receptacle.
  • Specify that time spent in the gardens is for the purpose of gardening only.
  • Be clear that only service animals can be permitted on site, animals must be leashed, wearing service vest/identification and not in direct contact with edibles.
  • It is recommended to wash hands before and after interacting with pets.
  • Reduce risks of touch points if the community needs to access the garden through a gate, building, or other.

Suggestions

  • If Work Bees are needed, consider creating small teams to undertake the work while practicing physical distancing
  • Consider designating a member the responsibility to open the locked gate in the morning, and to lock the gate at the end of the day, sanitizing the gate and lock before and after touching
  • Consider whether assigned plots rather than cooperative sites might be a better option this summer
  • If personal tools are not available, assign tools and associated tasks to a specific gardener for the season
  • Consider asking your community or hardware stores for tool donations for individual use
  • Encourage community caring and food security by asking gardeners to grow a row for the Edmonton Food Bank or other local charity
  • Where appropriate, recommend the use of personal watering-cans
  • Consider creating direction of flow signage through the garden area

For More Information

Title Community Greening Coordinator
Email communitygardens@edmonton.ca

311 Contact Centre

Online Contact 311 Online

If you are calling from outside of Edmonton: 780-442-5311

Telephone

311

TTY 780-944-5555

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