Community Gardening

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Custom Courier volunteers at Charlottetown Park community garden in May 2015

In 2016 there were 46 active garden sites within the CHEP Community Garden network in Saskatoon.  (NEW: to see the locations, go to the resources and files section at the bottom of this page, or click here.) Gardens within this network share information and resources, support one another and agree to produce food via organic gardening principles.

Gardens range in size from a dozen plot spaces to over 50.  Plot sizes range considerably, with 150-200 square feet being fairly common.

There are also several small gardens located at schools (outdoor classrooms) and on private (condominium) properties that are not within the CHEP network.

Gardens may be located on municipal land (park space or land reserve), private land, school land and church properties.  In recent years, the community is adding 5-10 new garden sites per season.

Local garden committees assign plot space to individuals and families.  Many gardens offer communal areas where neighbourhood residents are invited to harvest reasonable amounts of produce.

The demand for garden space exceeds the current supply and we are always on the lookout for neighbourhood champions to step forward and assist with the groundwork to get a garden started.  Geographic gaps without community gardens exist north of 33rd Street, south of 8th Street, and on the eastern edges of Saskatoon.  CHEP will assist with the planning process but a grassroots initiative is necessary to demonstrate local energy for a new garden site.

Gardens operate as local collectives, make their own operational decisions, allocate space to garden members and may collect fees to invest in garden infrastructure.

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CHEP volunteers at CNYC (Core Neighbourhood Youth Co-op) Greenhouse growing seedlings for community gardens in June 2014

The CHEP Community Garden program supports new and existing community gardens, operating on an invitation basis from the gardens, through some of the following means:

  • Planning and orientation for new sites
  • Advocate with community partners for access to land
  • Liaise with community partners on behalf of gardens 
  • Accessing City of Saskatoon compost for gardens 
  • Supply of inputs (seeds, transplants)
  • Supply of infrastructure (tools, building material) 
  • Volunteer support
  • Technical and educational support 

For more information contact Jessie Best at 306-655-4575 (ext 229) or by e-mail at jessie@chep.org 

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Visiting Chinese agricultural students at the Aboriginal Students Centre garden at St Andrews College, University of Saskatchewan in August 2015

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Avenue O: A community garden grows in Pleasant Hill

"For a community garden application to be successful, it needs residents to champion the cause."


"Pleasant Hill Community Garden has two plots in the garden behind Columbian Place at the foot of Avenue O."


"The garden is operated in conjunction with CHEP Good Food. The program helps communities add gardens at a pace of five or six a year, says Gord Androsoff, community gardening coordinator for CHEP."

 See the full article from the April 21, 2016 issue of the StarPhoenix here.

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Resources and Files

Additional Resources and Links