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Community Gardens

Community Gardens create a safe and healthy recreational activity within our park system and on other city-owned land. They allow for local food production and can become a gathering place in a neighbourhood. Although there are several gardens within city limits, Nanaimo Parks, Recreation and Culture currently has five community gardens on park property with more in planning stages. They include:

  • Beaufort Park Community Garden - This centrally located garden rents allotment plots. Included in the rental is access to a variety of communally maintained plots. Participation in general garden maintenance is expected. Contact BeaufortCommunityGarden@gmail.com
  • Smugglers Park on Protection Island - managed by DIGS - Douglas Island Garden Society. Contact Jim Harris 250.740.0317 http://www.digsgarden.blogspot.com
  • Beban Urban Garden Society (BUGS)- managed by the VIEX (started 2010). Contact: kstreeter@viex.ca or 250.758.3247
  • Pawson Park - managed by Nanaimo Old City Association (started in 2011). Contact: Jen at islkid@hotmail.com
  • Forest Drive Park - (started 2013) contact: Shawna at 250.802.1022 for more information.

The gardens were initiated under the City's Volunteer in Parks Program (VIP). Groups applied for seed money through the VIP Granting Program, and they facilitated the initial setup of the gardens. Neighbourhoods interested in starting up a community garden at a park or on a piece of underutilized city property should contact the City of Nanaimo at askpre@nanaimo.ca and check out our guidelines and policy document for more information.

Click here for a list of Community Gardens operated by local organizations.

 

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