The EcoHouse Community Garden was first established in 2005 as a prototype for community gardens in Hamilton. It was established as a victory garden, with volunteers and staff maintaining the garden using organic practices, and the food grown shared amoung those involved and local food support agencies. Today the EcoHouse garden runs as a plot-based garden where community members rent a plot and grow and harvest their own vegetables, fruit, or flowers. There is a small annual plot rental fee and there is often a waiting list of interested gardeners. Remaining true to our Victory Garden roots, several plots at the EcoHouse Community Garden are still maintained by staff and volunteers, to support our children’s gardening education programs, with excess produce going to the food bank through our Grow A Row Program.
Join our EcoHouse Community Garden
The EcoHouse Community garden is home to 18 garden plots with a combination of raised beds, wheelchair accessible beds, and in-ground beds available for rent year-round. New gardeners are welcome to contact us early in the season (February or March) to be added to the waiting list. If a plot becomes available we will get back to you in April or May with information on joining and the annual rental fee. For more information, or to be added to our waiting list, please email email@example.com or call 905-540-8787.
Why Join A Community Garden?
A community garden supports local residents without access to suitable gardening spaces to grow their own fresh food locally. Taking part in a community garden is an amazing way to engage with your neighbourhood, create a more sustainable food system, and reduce environmental impacts.
Benefits of Community Gardens
- Grow your own fresh food
- Reduce “food miles” that are required to transport nutritious food
- Physical exercise
- Stress relief and mental relaxation
- Sense of community belonging
- Increased self-confidence
- Increased consumption of fruit and vegetables
- Greater control over food quality
- Time with kids and family
- Connecting with nature
- A chance to protect the environment
- Improved gardening skills & food preservation techniques
EcoHouse Community Garden History
Community Gardens & Hamilton
There are approximately 100 community gardens in Hamilton working to improve food security and increase community involvement!
For more information on starting a garden or joining a garden near you check out the Hamilton Community Garden Network.