COVID-19 Response: Community Garden Protocols
The Community Garden program will proceed this spring/summer with additional protocols put in place to ensure gardeners can participate as safely as possible. Protocols include safe physical distancing measures, hand washing procedures and regular tool sanitization. The protocols have been reviewed by the Ministry of Health, the Saskatchewan Health Authority's Public Health Inspector and the City’s Emergency Management Organization personnel to ensure that the program meets all current safety and public gathering guidelines.
Planting is anticipated to begin when temperatures begin to warm the soil and allow for park irrigation systems to be turned on.
View the complete COVID-19 Community Garden Protocols.
Gardens provide neighbourhood residents with the opportunity to become engaged in a healthy recreation activity while growing nutritious food, meeting neighbours, building community, learning about the growing cycle, and beautifying open space.
What type of garden is right for you?
Allotment gardens are a series of garden plots operated by the City of Saskatoon and rented out to individuals. Often they are offered for the purpose of food production and may be developed to support food security. In allotment gardens, the parcels are cultivated individually, and there is no requirement to contribute to a larger group (i.e., donating surplus produce, building community, forming partnerships etc.).
Allotment gardens are different from other community garden types where the common areas/entire area are tended collectively by a group of people for the purpose of broader societal benefit.
Community Gardens (Garden Guidelines)
Community gardens are plots of land where community volunteers form a non-profit collective to produce food, flowers, native and ornamental plants, edible berries and food perennials on public or private lands. The garden collective takes initiative and responsibility for organizing, maintaining, and managing the garden area. This participation builds skills and creates positive community development that is widely accessible to a diverse range of people.
For more information on how to start a new community garden contact:
Community Development at 306-975-3378
Vacant Lot Gardening (Garden Site License Agreement)
Non-profit community organizations with a significant mandate in food security can apply to use vacant City-owned property for growing food.