Community Gardening Plots in Ottawa

Gardening is a great pastime that many people enjoy, but unfortunately, many city properties have very limited, if any, space to create and grow fruitful beds. As a response to this demand, community gardens are becoming an increasingly popular way for urban dwellers within the City of Ottawa to use their skills and knowledge to enjoy gardening and grow food. This way, people who do not have access to a space for gardening can get involved with either individual or collective plots. While this solves an immediate need of accessibility for eager gardeners, community gardens provide many other benefits that optimize health, give back to the environment, and foster an overall community development and connection.   The health benefits that coincide with gardening, whether in a community plot or at home are in abundance. Gardening is well known as an excellent way to reduce stress; with just a short period of time spent in the garden, increased self esteem, mood, and overall positive feelings can be noted. This is likely in part due to the amount of physical activity we get from the energy we put into our gardening, as it tends to be a full body workout that promotes body strength, prevents arthritis and joint pain, and attributes to good heart health. This summer in particular, many of us are finding barriers and time constraints to fit regular workouts into our schedules; with gyms closed, and kids having been home for the last four months, taking care of ourselves is an activity that gets lost in between the mix of everything else. Taking the time to garden can certainly help to get that physical exercise that we have been missing, and planting healthy, chemical-free greens to eat can help to boost our immune systems and get us some of those vitamins and nutrients that make our bodies feel their best.    Aside from the laundry list of physical benefits that community gardens offer, there are also multiple environmental and social benefits that coincide. Community gardens have been found to increase the availability of nutritious foods, improve air quality and soil, reduce neighbourhood waste, and create a more sustainable system. The creation of social ties that come with building and maintaining these gardens can also lead to a greater sense of community, reduced crime rates, and increased economic opportunity if you choose to sell your home-grown food at local farmers markets.    Ottawa has many community gardens over multiple sites throughout the city. To name a few, you can look into securing your plot or contributing to the collective at Bayshore Park Community Garden and Oven; Kanata North Community Garden; Nanny Goat Hill Community Garden; Riverside South Community Garden; Brewer Park Community Garden; or The Trailing Edge Community Garden. There are usually wait lists that need to be joined or lottery’s to take part in, and some gardens require the collection of a membership fee to help maintain the cost of maintenance. If you find it difficult to secure your own plot and are still motivated to get out and get your hands in the soil, volunteers are generally a welcomed addition to any communal gardening team and can help you to reap the benefits of gardening and soak up some vitamin D in the meantime. To find a community garden near you, check here.   Happy Gardening!  

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