Where to Find Oshawa’s Community Gardens

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Want to grow your own produce, but lack the outdoor space?  A plot at one of Oshawa’s community gardens may be the answer.

Oshawa is home to many community gardens where anyone can grow fresh food, and most of them are hidden in plain sight.  Take a look:

The Legends Community Garden can be found at the north side of the popular Legends Centre Recreation Centre on Harmony Road North.  Established in 2013, it has the potential for 24-48 plots.  Want one? Contact legendsgarden@gmail.com for details.

North Oshawa Park is known for its skateboard park and tennis courts, but it’s also home to the well-established and thriving Mary Street Community Garden.  Forty individual garden plots grow alongside six elevated beds and a garden used by the children at the nearby public school.  Put yourself on the waiting list by emailing  the volunteers at marystreetcommunitygarden@gmail.com.

We Grow Food, a local organization whose mission is to help inspire and create sustainable neighbourhoods by promoting conservation and practical application, maintains a number of community gardens:

  • The Pepper Patch and Berry Patch community gardens are located in downtown Oshawa at John and Albert Streets.
  • The South Patch at Cordova Park, Glen Street.
  • The Simcoe Hall Settlement House, Simcoe Street South.
  • King Street geared to income Seniors’ Residence.
  • Alexandra’s Bounty, beside Lakeridge Health Oshawa, on Simcoe Street North.

Grassmere Garden of Health can be found at the Oshawa Community Health Centre, and provides the opportunity for Oshawa residents of all ages to grow their own food.  Interested?  Email kmcconkey@ochc.ca.

The Salvation Army Garden was established way back in 2002, and is located at the Salvation Army Temple at 570 Thornton Road.  Boasting 19 plots, each measures 5′ x 15′, and garden soil, seeds and plants are provided to get started.  Garden tools are provided on site, plus the garden is enclosed and accessed only by a combination lock. The Salvation Army is looking potential gardeners interested in acquiring a plot, email lmcdougall@oshawa-temple.org for more info.

Would you like to have a plot in a community garden? Let us know in the comments!

 

 

 

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