Growing Food at the Gariola Commons

 

Garden Plots, Apple Orchard, Blueberries, Figs

 

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Agriculture

Food grown organically and sustainably on the Gabriola Commons

Community Gardens

There are 120 allotment gardens and they are used primarily by local residents and some community groups to grow food.

The Commons has allotment gardens in three locations, north and south fields on the Commons and at Namaste Farm on South Road.

For information about the availability of garden plots and wait lists, contact:

  • North Gardens: northgardens[at]gabriolacommons[dot]ca
  • South Gardens: commonsouth[at]gmail[dot]com
  • Namaste Gardens: namaste[at]gabriolacommons[dot]ca

Allotment Gardens

At the Commons site, 120 allotments of 200-400 square feet are available for growing food and flowers for personal use.

Seniors’ Gardens

About 15 raised plots in the Dragon Garden are worked primarily by those associated with seniors’ programs and the Rollo Centre next door.

Namaste Gardens

33 allotment gardens off site at the “sunny south end” are located at Namaste Farm on South Road.

Community Kitchen Garden

A large kitchen garden which produces for workbee lunches  and farmstand sales.

Seed Bank

A seed bank is slowly being developed to aid in local food sustainability.

PHC Garden

A garden used primarily by People for a Healthy Community clients and staff.

Orchard

 

There is also an orchard with a variety of fruit trees and several low bush berries.

Some of the crops grown in the Orchard include:

  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Figs
  • Blueberries
  • Hascaps

Little Field

The Farm Team keeps a Kitchen Garden and Little Field for the seed bank, workbee lunches veggies and farmgate sales. Money raised from sales supports the Farm Team.

The seed bank contains a variety of seeds for future plantings at the Commons or by community members.

Some of the crops grown in the Little Field include:

  • Grains
  • Squashes
  • Tomatoes
  • Squashes
  • Occasional experimental crops

Food Security Blog

Commons Pruning Workshop

Commons Pruning Workshop

Thirty people came out last Sunday afternoon, Feb 25, 2024, to a pruning workshop in the Commons orchard, led by Betty Kehler and Lynn Bowerman. Gardeners with the three allotment gardens associated with the Commons, plus members of the Commons Farm Team, they also...

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South Gardeners’ Social

South Gardeners’ Social

The Commons South Gardeners hosted a gathering of all the allotment gardeners associated with the Commons last Thursday, with Pollen Heath of Watercliff Farm as guest speaker to share best practices for growing tomatoes.

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Be part of our Farm Management Team!

 The Farm Management Team mandate is:

To apply the Commons vision to protect the agricultural potential of the Commons by:

  • enhancing the land to produce food for generations to come;
  • engaging in organic food production, modeling sustainable community agriculture;
  • modeling sustainable supported agriculture, using renewable energy practices; and
  • engaging in horticultural research specific to Gabriola.

To coordinate the agricultural initiatives presented in our three-phase agricultural plan for the Agricultural Land Commission.

If you enjoy working on the land, join the Farm Management team.

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