The Canmore Community Garden is a wildlife-safe mountain community garden that addresses the growing conditions of the Rockies with strategies to deter wildlife and extend our short season by using Permaculture design techniques. This venue is also used to host gardening workshops and is a demonstration space for mountain gardening methods.
The Canmore Community Garden offers 2 types of gardening:
- PLOT: Gardeners can rent a 4’x8′ raised ‘wicking bed’: There are 25 of these in the garden, and plot gardeners who are in good standing at the end of the season are able to renew their plot seasonally. Gardeners maintain their plots autonomously within organic gardening guidelines and they are responsible for providing their own supplies, including their own seed and plant starts, cold frames, trellises, row cover, etc… according to what they want to grow.
- COMMUNAL GARDEN: The communal garden is intended to allow gardeners to share in both the responsibility and the bounty of the garden. First-time gardeners have an opportunity to work alongside those with more experience, and this arrangement allows flexibility for those who vacation or have limited time in the summer. When you are away you just need to co-ordinate with your team; no need to arrange for someone else to cover your responsibilities. The time commitment for each Member is around one to four hours per week, depending on the crop and the week. Communal gardeners join a team that focuses on one section of the communal garden area, but they get to harvest from the whole communal garden. The Communal Garden harvest is focused on providing with gardeners fresh veggies in season as they are ready: “Harvesting just enough for tonight’s supper”, frequently, and making sure there is something left for the next Gardener rather than harvesting a large amount for preserving or winter storage. Check your email and the communication board frequently to stay up-to-date on what is ready when, and harvesting and (sometimes) rationing instructions. Crops we have grown include Tomatoes, Peas, Coles: cabbage; kohlrabi; kale…, Bush Beans, Summer Squash, Root Veggies: carrots; beets; turnips; radish…, Salad Veggies: lettuces; arugula; herbs… Greens: chard; spinach; orach; bok choi; mustards…, Edible Flowers, and more! Communal Garden fees include seed and basic supplies like trellises and row cover. Communal Gardeners are responsible for starting seed ahead of time for the veggies that need this, and the planning of starts in January/February (which can be months before registration actually opens at the AGM) so if you are planning to join the Communal Garden this year and would like to have more say in what is grown this season and are able to start a few plants at home please send us an email! Note: In the Communal Garden, Membership and Season fees cover one family/household, representing from one single person to a couple and their kids. If, for example, your sister-in-law and her kids also want to join the Communal Garden, she needs to register separately.
Registration for the season opens at the Annual General Meeting and closes at the Garden Opening Work Party. Available plots are assigned on a first-come in-person basis starting at the AGM. There is no cap on Communal Garden registration. The Season Fee for either plot or communal garden is $40. New Members need to also purchase a one-time membership (good for the rest of your life!) Individual: $10, Family: $20.
Our Garden is Organic! Absolutely no chemical fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides!
- Our garden is Wildlife-Safe: No on-site composting of food wastes, no planting of bear attractants such as berry bushes, and ensure timely harvest of garden bounty
- We garden in such a manner as to build soil and increase fertility, increasing the diversity and resilience of the community garden ecosystem
- We are mindful of water use and strive to use this resource efficiently and sparingly
- We behave in a responsible and respectful manner towards other gardeners
- We often have visitors checking out our garden. If you notice someone who you don’t know, go meet them! You might get to know a fellow gardener, or have an opportunity to show a visitor around!