Goal : to serve the Southwest Hamilton community by organizing & providing a shared community garden and allotment space.
The garden is located in the Kirkendall North neighbourhood (population 2,740), between Dundurn & Locke, Hill & Melbourne Streets. The site is a 3,000m2 triangular piece of City-owned, vacant land south of Hill Street Park. The site is ideal for gardening, enjoying full sun with a variety of young trees and a decorative fence along its northern street side.
Why Start a Community Garden in the Kirkendall Neighbourhood?
- Fill A Void: There are currently no community garden plots within 2.6km of the proposed site.
- Build on Community Interest: Many local residents have expressed a desire to have a community garden in their neighbourhood. There is already a high level of food & environmental awareness in the neighbourhood.
- Provide Access to Growing Lands: 50% of residents in the surrounding neighbourhood live in rental accommodation.
- Improve Food Security: build on environmental and food issues awareness in the neighbourhood by growing fresh, organic food – especially for new immigrants, seniors, or people with lower incomes.
- Create a Meeting Place: Community gardens can be a place for people of diverse backgrounds to meet and nurture friendships.
- Network of Community Partners: Local churches, neighbourhood associations, etc .can combine resources for the community’s benefit.
- Extend Generosity: Facilitate opportunities for people to grow food for local food banks, soup kitchens, or other neighbours in need.
- Educate: Children and others unfamiliar with gardening can learn new skills and discover their connection to food and the earth.
- Promote Health: Gardening involves outdoor activity, exercise, and nutritious organic food.
- Neighbourhood Beautification: The community garden will turn an underutilized piece of land into a thriving neighbourhood asset.