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We really appreciate your interest in finding garden space.
There are over 225 community gardens in Toronto. They have been organized by communities for communities, therefore, we don't know all of them -yet.
Currently TCGN is running a Great Garden Search Contest to help us find our gardening gems in Toronto.
The contest ends on May 14, 2010. You may check our website for Gardens for the map of gardens that have joined the TCGN and wish to be mapped. We have not started the process of entering the Great Garden Search Contest entries at this time.
We do NOT have a list of all of the gardens in the city, but we are working on it. The city of Toronto phone number (Permit Services deals with allotment gardens) is (416)392-8188, extension 1 and ...hit 1 again to talk to a person. They also have a map by ward at
One way to find a community garden is to walk around in your neighbourhood. If you do see a community garden, with people working in it, you can can always ask about joining them. Each garden has its own intake process.
One of the first steps to start a Community Garden is to find land that your group can turn into a garden. For flowers and native plants and some herbs, even lettuce you can use land that has less then six hours of sun light. For vegetables, you should have at least six to eight hours of direct sunlight. The best way to find an area for a community garden is to walk around in your neighbourhood. If you find land that is vacant you can call the City of Toronto - call 311 and ask for land title to find out who the owner of the land is. Places of Worship, libraries, schools, community centres are also possibilities to start a community garden. FoodShare and TCGN both have a Garden Manual resource for people who wish to start community gardens.
for gardens located in the City Of Toronto parks.
FoodShare also offers "How to start a community garden" workshops, this year (2010) they were in Feb. and March. You can check FoodShare's website for upcoming events at www.foodshare.net. As well, FoodShare has a community garden that is open to everyone at 90 Croatia St. (Brock St. and Dufferin area).
Lastly, you can Share your Backyard, or garden in one, if you don't have a backyard. You can check these websites to see if anyone in your neighbouhood is looking for someone else to garden in their backyard. Or if you have a backyard you can list it and others can contact you to garden with you.
Being able to grow your own vegetables and flowers is very rewarding, we hope that you will find your place in Toronto to have a garden this year.