Community Gardens

Springbank Farm – Gardening at rare 

The rare Charitable Research Reserve has a beautiful garden complex located at 681 Blair Rd, Cambridge.  When visiting, please park at the lower parking lot, in front of the North House and walk up the driveway to visit the gardens.  There are three accessible parking spots located within the gardens for those who require them.


Springbank Community Gardens

The Springbank Community Gardens are a space for those interested in growing their own fresh organic produce. It is a lovely place if you like being outdoors and enjoy a sense of community. We are growing a bustling, multicultural, multigenerational community which shares knowledge and builds 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 strong community building. Growing your own food gives you access to a variety of fresh produce that supports nutritional health and exercise that 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 November 15, dawn till dusk and are comprised of 110 rentable plots, all approximately 10 x 30 feet. Compost, water, mulch, hand tools and garden hoses are supplied while you provide the time and the energy!

Renting a Plot

The cost to garden at Springbank is $60 per plot, per season and there is currently a waiting list to receive a plot.

If you are interested in getting you name on the waiting list, please contact our Gardens Coordinator, Taryn Jarvis at 519-650-9336 x115, or

Springbank Food Bank Gardens

Springbank Farm is home to the Springbank Food Bank Gardens.  With over 15,000 square feet of space for growing organic vegetables for local food banks, we’ve delivered thousands of kilograms of quality food to those most in need within our immediate community.

New in 2017 is a fruit orchard within the Food Bank Gardens.  With generous support from the Sunrise Rotarians, Tree Mobile and the Whole Kids Foundation we planted a 70 tree fruit orchard.  Our first harvest is expected in 2019, with a variety of fresh fruits to be donated to local food banks.

The Springbank Food Bank Gardens thrive with the help of community volunteers.  If you are looking for a rewarding volunteer opportunity for your company, school, church, club, non-profit organization or for yourself we encourage you to contact our Gardens Coordinator to arrange a volunteer work event.

Springbank Education and Demonstration Gardens

The gardens at rare are also home to the Springbank Education and Demonstration Gardens.  This garden area is a place for our Education and Garden teams to lead campers of the Every Child Outdoors  (ECO) program in hands-on gardening activities. Campers have the opportunity to get their hands dirty while learning where food comes from, how good fresh foods tast
e and the importance of quality, homegrown nutrition.

For more information about the Springbank Farm, please contact our Gardens Coordinator, Taryn Jarvis at 519-650-9336 x115, or



Photos by T. Jarvis

rare Charitable Research Reserve
1679 Blair Road
Cambridge, ON N3H 4R8
(519) 650-9336
Charitable Registration:
#8776 15914 RR0001