The Pop-Up Community Gardens Pilot is aimed to support community groups who identify as Indigenous, racialized, and those who have been experiencing greater impacts. This may include older adults, children and youth, people with disabilities, the 2SLGBTQ+ community, newcomers, people in need of housing or facing food insecurity, and people experiencing poverty. Applicants would preferably be the leader of a community group or an organization and have members ready to garden.
Locations for the Pop-Up Community Gardens have to be on City-owned parkland or community league licensed land. Preference will be given to gardens that will be placed on hard surfaces (pavement, cement, or gravel) and sites that have existing access to water. Example: Community League parking lot or a parking lot of a district park.
Tennis courts, pickleball courts, basketball courts, ice rinks, sports fields, and the North Saskatchewan River Valley are excluded.
Consideration is also given to the following criteria (in random order):
- Preference for proposed gardens to be located on hard surfaces or access by way of hard surfaces (pavement, cement or gravel).
- Preference for increasing the distribution of gardens throughout the City.
- Considerations to social vulnerability in the proposed garden location.
- Demonstrate initiatives to utilize the Pop-Up Community Gardens to benefit the community beyond participating gardeners.
- Willingness to create a plan or organize gardening groups to facilitate the operations of Pop-Up Community Gardens.
- Operational logistics about planter delivery and watering. Approval to access water for the garden from an adjacent water source is preferred.
Ineligible groups are encouraged to continue discussions about a community garden project with their Neighbourhood Resource Coordinator or other City Liaison. Groups may also contact Sustainable Food Edmonton to inquire about skill development workshops, events, and grant funding opportunities.
Individuals and groups may seek membership at existing garden sites citywide. Check out the Community Gardens Map to find a garden near you.