McEown Community Garden Registration
Registration for the 2016 gardening season is now CLOSED
Registrations for the 2016 gardening season at the McEown Community Garden are now closed. Thank you for interest! You will be contacted within a week with information about our kick-off event in May.
About Community Gardening
What is a Community Garden?
A community garden is a plot of land where community members collaborate and contribute to a shared garden space with a goal of producing food. Community gardens provide residents the opportunity to engage in a healthy recreational activity, grow nutritious food, build community, learn about sustainability, and beautify open space.
Many community gardens strive to promote sustainable garden practices, including:
- Discouraging the use of pesticides and herbicides,
- Practicing water conservation,
- Employing effective use of composting, and
- Planting native species best stuited to the environment.
Community gardens administered by the U of S are bound to these sustainability principles in their guidelines. Garden co-ordinators take professional steps to engage gardeners in sustainability to help educate participants on the benefits of sustainability in a community garden.
Office of Sustainability Support
As part of its implementation of the Campus Sustainability Plan, the Office of Sustainability supports all campus community gardens in any way possible. This includes offering personal expertise, opportunities to network with experienced campus personal, access to funding opportunities, and - in the case of the McEown Community Garden - administrative support.
Community Garden Co-ordinators
Beginning with the administration of the McEown Community Garden in Spring 2015, the Office of Sustainability established a new position within its ranks: the Community Garden Co-ordinator. This position is part of the office's student hiring strategy and aims to integrate passionate and sustainability-driven students into a strong supportive role for community gardens on campus. The Community Garden Co-ordinator acts as a liaison between the Office of Sustainability and all community gardens around campus, helping the gardens in ways such as:
- Solving gardener disputes
- Addressing facilities or operational problems
- Organizing community-building events
- Facilitating collaboration between different gardens across campus
- Aiding gardening education around campus
If you are a student interested in getting involved with sustainability on campus and have experience in gardening, horticulture, or community organizing, watch for the posting of this position early each year. For more information, please contact Erin Akins, our Sustainability Initiatives Co-ordinator, at email@example.com.
Community Gardens at the U of S
The McEown Community Garden is our largest and longest-standing community garden on campus. Having come under the administration of the Office of Sustainability and Consumer Services in 2015, the garden currently serves ~100 gardeners living in the residences at McEown Park, College Quarter, and Grad House.
The garden operates as an allotment garden in that garden parcels are allocated to individuals who cultivate them individually. The Office of Sustainability's Community Garden Co-ordinator supports operational logistics, acts as a liaison for gardeners, and helps to plan events or workshops throughout the season.
Many thanks go out to PotashCorp who provides a generous grant to the McEown Community Garden to help provide tools, storage, and support for gardeners.
Applications for the McEown Community Garden are now closed for the season. Our application page will be available again in early spring of 2017 and will be open to students living in residence at any of the McEown Park, College Quarter, or Grad House residences.
The McEown Community Garden is located in McEown Park, located just south of the main campus, along Cumberland Avenue.
The Aboriginal Students Centre Community Garden located at St. Andrew's College is an independent community garden at the University of Saskatchewan. It is managed by an independent garden co-ordinator who works in close contact with the Office of Sustainability Community Garden Co-ordinator to facilitate partnerships, support gardeners, and offer educational workshops and experiences.
The Aboriginal Students Centre Community Garden is located at St. Andrew's College along College Dr. between Wiggins Rd. and Hospital Dr.
The FMD Community Garden is located outside the University Services Building that serves the employees of Facilities Management Division (FMD) on campus. Initiated by Grounds and maintained by grounds grew and FMD employees, the garden is a constant source of fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs for the staff of FMD. Planting is a shared process in the spring time, with a co-ordinated planting party to help plant produce that has been started in the Grounds greenhouses. At a harvest party in the fall, employees are invited to help reap the bountiful harvest of the garden to share amongst themselves and to contribute to a communal potluck.
Involvement in the FMD Community Garden is limited to employees of FMD. All employees are invited to help plant the garden at the beginning of the year, take from the garden during the growing season, and participate in the final harvest celebration in the fall.
The FMD Community Garden is located outside the University Services Building at 110 Maintenance Rd.
The SENSSA Community Garden is a garden open to students of the School of Environment and Sustainability. Located outside the Biology Building alongside some research plots, the garden was started in 2015 as an initiative of the School of Environment and Sustainability Students' Association (SENSSA).
The SENSSA Community Garden is open only to students of the School of Environment and Sustainability. If you are a member of SENSSA, speak to your executive members about how to get involved.
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The SENSSA Community Garden is located behind the Biology Building at 114 Science Pl. It is surrounded by a chain link fence to protect the adjacent research plots.
The Horticulture Club's community garden is located at the university's greenhouses on 14th Street. The project involves approximately 25 students, who are responsible for starting transplants in the greenhouse, field seeding, transplanting, maintaining (weeding), harvesting and storing of produce. Some produce is designated for sale to cover the cost of inputs, however the students consume the majority of produce. A faculty adviser and student coordinators assist the students in learning more about vegetable production. You can contact the Horticulture Club at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Horticulture Club Community Garden involves approximately 25 students who are responsible for starting transplants in the greenhouse, field seeding, transplanting, maintaining (weeding), harvesting and storing of produce. Some produce is designated for sale to cover the cost of inputs, but the students consume the majority of produce. A faculty adviser and student coordinators assist the students in learning more about vegetable production.
To get involved with the U of S Horticulture Club, contact email@example.com.
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The Horticulture Club Community Garden is located at the university's greenhouses on 14th Street.
Other Campus Gardens
The RoofTop is an urban agriculture experience at the University of Saskatchewan. Located on a rooftop connected to the pedway between Biology and Agriculture, this garden is a result of the hard work of Prof. Grant Wood and his cohorts in the Departments of Plant Science and Soil Science. Born from the work of students participating in the Office of Sustainability's own Living Lab initiative, the RoofTop has become the university's first closed-loop urban agriculture garden that allows Plant Science students to help design and grow food to supplement their studies. Food produced in the garden is sold to Marquis Culinary Centre to feed the university. Any waste products are then dehydrated and taken to the Grounds Department Compost Centre to continue fertilizing the garden.
Join the McEown Community Garden
Who Can Participate?
Residents of Assiniboine Hall, Wollaston Hall, Souris Hall, Seager Wheeler, Graduate House, and College Quarter who are living in residence over the summer months.
How Much Does It Cost?
There is no cost to join or participate in the McEown Community Garden.
What Do I Need to Know Before Joining?
The McEown Community Garden is a shared space and rules are in place to ensure that gardening is a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone. All gardeners will be expected to read and comply with the 2016 McEown Garden Agreement.
How Do I Register?
Registration is now CLOSED!
Registration for the McEown Community Garden is now closed.
Due to the large number of applicants, we are now considering how to proceed in a fair way. Our office and the Community Garden Co-ordinator will try to accommodate as many gardeners as possible in this process, although priority will be given to returning gardeners and plot size may change from last year. Applicants will be contacted and asked to review and sign the 2016 McEown Community Garden Agreement.
|April 5 - April 29||Registration for the 2016 season begins.|
|Early May||Information session and meet and greet.|
|Mid-May||Garden tilled and plots divided.|
|Mid - Late May||Garden planting and kick-off event.|
Please send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (306)966.2282.
Community Garden Co-ordinator
A Community Garden Co-ordinator supports the garden each garden season. She/he will coordinate garden logistics and be a liaison between Residence, the Office of Sustainability, and gardeners. He/she will support gardeners throughout the season by organizing events, assisting in the garden, and providing guidance.