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Community Gardens

Community Gardens in Burnaby

Heights Community GardensOver many years community gardens in Burnaby have been actively established and supported by the City. However, none of the community gardens are run or supervised by City of Burnaby staff. All existing gardens are administered by non-profit local community groups. To sign up for a community garden plot near you, look for a garden on the list below and contact them directly.

There are many more people interested in having a community gardening spot than there is space available. You may need to have your name added to a waiting list.

Interested to start a new community garden? Expressions of interest are considered on a case-by-case basis (New Community Gardens Information Sheet).  Members of the public and community groups interested in establishing a community garden or other urban agriculture initiatives can meet with City staff to discuss how the City might support your efforts, in the context of Community Plans, bylaws, and other related civic policies and programs For more information, contact the Planning Department at socialplanning@burnaby.ca. Or, for other ideas about how you can get involved in growing some of your own food, visit our Food Security page. 

Community Gardens on City Land

Garden

Number of Plots

Location

Contact

Burnaby and Region Allotment Garden
(Operated by Burnaby and Region Allotment Garden Association)
373 7450 Meadow Avenue  Phone: 604-842-8571
Email: support@baraga.ca
Website: www.baraga.ca
Heights Community Garden
(Operated by the Heights Community Garden Association) Note: this garden is a temporary community garden on two vacant City-owned properties, which are designated in the long-term for future redevelopment.
 43 3885 & 3897 Pender Street

Email: hall2797@telus.net

Community Gardens on Educational Institution Land

Garden

Number of Plots

Location

Contact

Naheeno Park Community Garden
(Operated by SFU Community Association)
100 8888 University Drive Phone: 778-782-8763
Website: www.univercity.ca
Northeast Burnaby Organic Community Garden
(Operated by the Northeast Burnaby Community Association)
74  2740 Beaverbrook Crescent 

Email: nvanhout@sfu.ca or lora35@gmail.com
Website: www.yournebca.org  

Stride Community School Garden
16 7014 Stride Avenue Email: stridegarden@gmail.com
Organic Community Garden on Burnaby Mountain
(Operated by Highlands School and Community Garden Committee)
 8 9388 Tower Road

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Highlands-School-and-Community-Garden-1404566473199073/?fref=ts

Learning Gardens

In addition to the community gardens listed above, there are three Learning Gardens in Burnaby. These gardens are established by schools or universities for the purposes of research and learning. These gardens are usually only open to people associated with the school or university, but they often welcome gardening volunteers to assist the students.

Learning Garden

Contact

Simon Fraser University
Learning Garden
Phone: 778-782-8763
Email: gardens@embarksustainability.org
Website: embarksustainability.org
Forest Grove Elementary School
Edible Garden Program
Phone: 604-664-8690
Website: forestgrove.sd41.bc.ca
Byrne Creek Secondary School Learning Garden  Phone: 604-664-8299
Website: byrnecreek.sd41.bc.ca  
Moscrop Secondary School Learning Garden

Phone: 604-664-8575 Website:moscrop.sd41.bc.ca

Burnaby South Secondary School Learning Garden

Phone: 604-664-8560
Website: south.sd41.bc.ca 

BCIT Learning Garden (operated by Catching the Spirit Youth Society and by individuals and departments within BCIT)

Phone: 604-544-1622
Email: info@catchingthespirit.com Website: www.catchingthespirit.com

 

Buckingham Elementary Learning Garden

Phone: 604-664-8616
Website: buckingham.sd41.bc.ca

Can You Dig It Gardens

Can You Dig It is a community initiative that tackles the challenge of social isolation through gardening. Active around the Lower Mainland, Can You Dig It has nine project locations in Burnaby:

  • Still Creek Site (2702 Norland Ave)
  • Goodlad Site (Sixth St and Goodlad St)
  • Edmonds Site (Wedgewood St and Canada Way)
  • Filby Court Site (Banff Ave and Woodsworth St)
  • Carson Site (Carson St and MacPherson Ave)
    • Oakland Site (Sperling Ave and Burris St)
    • Buckingham Site (Imperial St and Acacia Ave)
    • Randall Site (Gilley Ave and Bryant St)
    • Ridgeview Site (Clare Ave and Hastings St)

Can you Dig It is also a partner in the Stride Community School Garden listed above.  If you would like to get involved, please email info@cydi.ca.

Sharing Backyards

One of the biggest barriers to growing food in the city is access to land -- but many people with yards, lawns, and backyards have plenty of room to spare! Sharing Backyards links people with unused yard space with those looking for a place to grow food.  If you have a garden and want to share it with someone, or if you are looking for a space to garden, Sharing Backyards is for you!  The Sharing Backyards concept was originally conceived by Lifecycles, a non-profit organization based in Victoria.  Burnaby Food First is currently operating the Burnaby chapter of Sharing Backyards, with backyards active all over the city.  To learn more or to find out how you can get involved, contact Burnaby Food First.

Strata and Cooperative Housing Gardens

A number of gardens in Burnaby have been set-up on the privately-owned common spaces of multi-family residential buildings, and other developments, including within courtyards and on rooftops. These gardens are most often only for the use of residents of the development. However, some of the existing gardens have a limited number of plots available for Burnaby community residents who do not live in the development. These garden amenities are encouraged and supported by the City, though subject to community review.

For more information, please contact the Planning Department at socialplanning@burnaby.ca.

 Community Garden Strata

Burnaby Food First

Burnaby Farmers Market

Metro Vancouver Agriculture and Food