Community Gardens and Community-Led Green Initiatives

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Are you interested in community gardening or city greening projects? Whether you're a resident, part of a community group, an aspiring gardener, a volunteer, or even if you're not involved in these activities but have opinions about them, we want to hear from you! Share your thoughts on community garden and greening initiatives in Ottawa.

The City of Ottawa is reviewing and updating the community garden action plan to create clear processes and supports for community-led green initiative programs on City-owned land.

This update is happening collaboratively with City departments, community partners and with input from community members like you.

The review is supported by consultant firm Hoffmann Hayes, who bring extensive experience in the field of urban agriculture, community gardening and community development.

The review will focus on:

  • Community food gardens on City-owned land
  • Community-led green Initiatives on City-owned land (Including but not limited to pollinator gardens, naturalization efforts, and invasive species management, along with requests for their service, maintenance, and development)

Project Overview:

The review will be proceeding in two distinct phases:

Phase 1: Developing a City Framework

The objective is to contribute to ensuring the development of an inclusive strategy and framework for community gardens and community-led green initiatives on City-owned land.

A report to Council is planned for October 2024 with review and proposed recommendations shaped by internal and external assessments and community engagement.

Phase 2: Operational Development

The objective is to enhance the standards, processes, and structures needed to support the development of community gardens and other community-led green projects on City-owned land. Our goal is to be fully operational and ready for the Spring 2025 growing season.

Here is how to get involved!

  • Online Engage Ottawa Survey
  • Attend Virtual Events
  • Present your Stories and Ideas

Upcoming Event Dates: Virtual Community Garden / Community-Led Green Initiative Open House! 

1. Virtual Community Garden Open House

Date: Thursday, June 20th 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Format: Virtual


Thank you for your interest in our event. Unfortunately, registration is now closed as the event has already taken place. Please register below for our second upcoming event!


2. Virtual Community-Led Green Initiative Open House


Date: Tuesday, June 25th 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Format: Virtual

Hear from other community members involved in green initiatives, learn about the review process and provide ideas, input and feedback.

This session will focus primarily on green initiatives.

Click Here to Register


We will begin each session with brief presentations and stories from community members about diverse experiences and aspirations for community gardens and green initiatives.

If you would like a chance to share your story or present ideas to the group, please click here to fill in a form To Register.

Live Survey:

The survey will open on June 10, 2024, and close July 7, 2024, at 11:59PM.

The results of the survey will help us to:

  • Identify strategic priorities for a new framework for the City’s role in community gardens and Community-Led Green Initiatives
  • Identify which actions the City should prioritize
  • Identify the demand for and supports to Ottawans to participate in community gardens and community-led green Initiatives on City-owned land

This survey will take you approximately 10-15 minutes to complete, but please take all the time you need. This survey does not collect any personal information and is anonymous. Your contribution and responses will provide valuable insights into the review process.

Let’s get started! Click the Link to be directed to the Community Garden and Community-Led Green Initiative Survey

Note: This survey does not collect personal information and is anonymous. Any Engage Ottawa login credentials including email addresses are managed in a separate database and will not be matched with survey responses


Are you interested in community gardening or city greening projects? Whether you're a resident, part of a community group, an aspiring gardener, a volunteer, or even if you're not involved in these activities but have opinions about them, we want to hear from you! Share your thoughts on community garden and greening initiatives in Ottawa.

The City of Ottawa is reviewing and updating the community garden action plan to create clear processes and supports for community-led green initiative programs on City-owned land.

This update is happening collaboratively with City departments, community partners and with input from community members like you.

The review is supported by consultant firm Hoffmann Hayes, who bring extensive experience in the field of urban agriculture, community gardening and community development.

The review will focus on:

  • Community food gardens on City-owned land
  • Community-led green Initiatives on City-owned land (Including but not limited to pollinator gardens, naturalization efforts, and invasive species management, along with requests for their service, maintenance, and development)

Project Overview:

The review will be proceeding in two distinct phases:

Phase 1: Developing a City Framework

The objective is to contribute to ensuring the development of an inclusive strategy and framework for community gardens and community-led green initiatives on City-owned land.

A report to Council is planned for October 2024 with review and proposed recommendations shaped by internal and external assessments and community engagement.

Phase 2: Operational Development

The objective is to enhance the standards, processes, and structures needed to support the development of community gardens and other community-led green projects on City-owned land. Our goal is to be fully operational and ready for the Spring 2025 growing season.

Here is how to get involved!

  • Online Engage Ottawa Survey
  • Attend Virtual Events
  • Present your Stories and Ideas

Upcoming Event Dates: Virtual Community Garden / Community-Led Green Initiative Open House! 

1. Virtual Community Garden Open House

Date: Thursday, June 20th 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Format: Virtual


Thank you for your interest in our event. Unfortunately, registration is now closed as the event has already taken place. Please register below for our second upcoming event!


2. Virtual Community-Led Green Initiative Open House


Date: Tuesday, June 25th 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Format: Virtual

Hear from other community members involved in green initiatives, learn about the review process and provide ideas, input and feedback.

This session will focus primarily on green initiatives.

Click Here to Register


We will begin each session with brief presentations and stories from community members about diverse experiences and aspirations for community gardens and green initiatives.

If you would like a chance to share your story or present ideas to the group, please click here to fill in a form To Register.

Live Survey:

The survey will open on June 10, 2024, and close July 7, 2024, at 11:59PM.

The results of the survey will help us to:

  • Identify strategic priorities for a new framework for the City’s role in community gardens and Community-Led Green Initiatives
  • Identify which actions the City should prioritize
  • Identify the demand for and supports to Ottawans to participate in community gardens and community-led green Initiatives on City-owned land

This survey will take you approximately 10-15 minutes to complete, but please take all the time you need. This survey does not collect any personal information and is anonymous. Your contribution and responses will provide valuable insights into the review process.

Let’s get started! Click the Link to be directed to the Community Garden and Community-Led Green Initiative Survey

Note: This survey does not collect personal information and is anonymous. Any Engage Ottawa login credentials including email addresses are managed in a separate database and will not be matched with survey responses


  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.


    The results of the survey will help us to: 

    • Identify strategic priorities for a new framework for the City’s role in community gardens and Community-Led Green Initiatives 
    • Identify which actions the City should prioritize  
    • Identify the demand for and supports to Ottawans to participate in community gardens and community-led green Initiatives on City-owned land 


    This survey will take you approximately 10-15 minutes to completebut please take all the time you need. Your contribution and responses will provide valuable insights into the review process.

    This survey does not collect any personal information and is anonymous. Any Engage Ottawa login credentials including email addresses are managed in a separate database and will not be matched with survey responses. 


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    Join our Virtual Open House by participating in the Community Voices segment! 

    We're looking for individuals to share their ideas and experiences on community gardens and green initiatives in Ottawa. You can present casually or formally for 3-5 minutes on any of the following topics:

    • Your experiences with community gardens or green initiatives
    • Benefits and opportunities for you and your community
    • Your future aspirations and ideas for Ottawa's community gardens and green initiatives


    Interested? Submit your expression of interest by Sunday, June 16th at 11:59 PM for the Community Gardens Event, or by June 21 at 11:59 PM for the Community-led Green Initiative Event. Presenters will be chosen by lottery and contacted on June 17th and/or June 22nd. Feel free to include images, videos, or other visuals.

    Personal information collected is for registering you as a presenter for these events, organized by the City of Ottawa with support from Hoffmann Hayes. For questions about the use of your personal information, please contact: CommunityGardens@ottawa.ca

     

     

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