Gardening at rare – Our Community Gardens
Welcome to rare’s Springbank Community Gardens! We strive to provide a space for those interested in growing their own fresh organic produce, like being outdoors, and enjoy a sense of community. We want to create a bustling, multicultural, multigenerational community to share knowledge and build relationships – all in the name of education and responsible land stewardship.
The benefits of community gardening are many and varied, including everything from better health to community building. The thinking goes like this: gardening your own food gives you access to a variety of fresh produce that supports nutritional health, and the exercise that you get helps promote healthy living. The food isn’t the only thing that grows at the gardens – gardeners get to know one another and often friendships flourish. There are also benefits to the environment as rainwater is filtered through gardens, and growing food locally means long transportation routes aren’t necessary.
Please note the use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers are prohibited as rare is committed to organic agriculture methods.
The Springbank Community Gardens are open April 15 to October 31, everyday, dawn till dusk.
What We Offer Our Gardeners
We currently have 110 plots, all 10 x 30 feet. Compost, water, mulch, tools, and advice are all provided – you provide the time and the energy!
We’re located at 681 Blair Road.
Renting a Plot
The cost to garden at Springbank is $30 per plot, plus a $20 deposit per plot for first-time Springbank gardeners. The deposit will be returned after a successful gardening season. We ask that our gardeners also lend a hand and help keep the gardens tidy, safe, and beautiful for all to enjoy. We ask that each gardener provide a minimum of two hours of volunteer service per rented plot before the end of the gardening season to help achieve this.
Interested in renting a plot? Please contact our Gardens Coordinator, Taryn Jarvis at 519-650-9336, ext. 115, or taryn.jarvis at raresites.org
-Photo by D. Radoslav