The community garden concept is straightforward. Provide a small patch of fertile soil and put it in the hands of someone who wants to garden. Since 2008, the Abbotsford Community Garden has been providing small growing spaces for its members. Currently, about 150 plots are being used for organic gardening by local residents. Located on City of Abbotsford property, this community garden is an initiative developed and run entirely by volunteers.
The objective of the Abbotsford Community Garden is to create space for people to learn about and participate in growing some of their own food organically – planning, planting, tending and ultimately reaping the benefits of their labour. This community garden offers a unique opportunity for a wide cross-section of Abbbotsford residents to come together and garden as neighbours. People of every age, ethnic background and gardening experience are participating.
Learn about membership with the Abbotsford Community Garden Society and watch a video created soon after the garden began on the About page. Recent posts appear below. All posts are sorted by date and archived in categories found in the top menu. Society business information and documents, including the members agreement and the supplement guide are on the Resources page.
If you would like to find ways to maximize your garden plot and harvest even more fresh, organic food, consider starting some of your seeds indoors. This is one method you can use to stretch the local growing season and get more out of your garden space.
Seed saving starts in the spring. Some seeds are easier to save than others. Starting with even a few types of seeds is good experience and a step in the right direction. The most important thing to consider now, in the spring, is what varieties you plant.
From time to time the Abbotsford Community Garden makes compost available to members who wish to use it. As a plot holder you are not obliged to use these products. You are free to bring your own amendments (following the requirements in the garden agreement).
Losing the ability to grow fresh vegetables, as well as the mental and physical benefits of working outside in the soil, would have felt like quite a hardship, so we are thankful that we can continue to garden our plots at the Abbotsford Community Garden. However,...
This post is by BC Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries entomologist and garden member Tracy Hueppelsheuser about insect pest research in the community garden. Helpful information about the species being watched for this season.
This post helps us understand the garden’s common pathways. Our rules and guidelines keep it a safe and enjoyable place for everyone. Please review them regularly in the Abbotsford Community Garden Agreement Supplement Guide.