Grow and eat local with a community garden plot! A community garden is a unique opportunity available to Port Coquitlam residents with a number of Community gardens providing residents with a number of social and environmental benefits including opportunities to engage in a healthy recreational activity, spend time with friends and neighbours, meet new people, grow and/or learn about growing nutritious food, as well as ornamental and native plants.
Community gardens can grow many things including, but not limited to, the following types:
- Growing annual and perennial food plants, medicinal plants, and flowers
- Growing Indigenous, cultural and native plants
- Pollinator gardens and hobby beekeeping
- Permaculture projects
- Fruit and nut trees
- Demonstration farming
- Edible landscaping
A new community garden is opening at the Port Coquitlam Community Centre! Applications from residents seeking a plot were open until March 31. The allocation of the plots will be announced in May.
Urban Agriculture in Port Coquitlam
Urban agriculture is an important community activity that can contribute to community development, environmental awareness and benefits. They also include decreasing greenhouse gas emissions associated with food transport and improved air quality associated with the air filtration capacity of vegetation.
Other benefits include:
- positive social interaction
- opportunities for learning and skill development
- wellness, and
- access to fresh local food
In line with these values, community gardening refers to a piece of land gardened collectively by members of the community, usually in partnership with a non-profit society.
EnviroPlan envisions a “future where our families can eat healthy, local food, and enjoy clean water, clean air and clean soils”. Community gardens are a valuable contributor to this vision: allowing the community to grow their own local produce and food products, as well as the intrinsic environmental value of increased greenspace such as air and water filtration or soil health and stability.
Today, our food system is characterized by large centralized points of production, distribution, and processing in countries all over the world. A shift towards local food production, even on small scales as part of a more sustainable food system help us to increase our resiliency in the face of increasing uncertainty.
This is the main driver behind a goal of supporting sustainable food and agriculture. The target associated with this goal is that “all residents have access to space to grow food”.
Growing and processing food locally further connects us to the land, reduces energy and emissions associated with food, and can provide local employment. More than just the growing of food, this goal also relates to the food system as a whole:
- celebration, and
- waste recovery of food.
In a sustainable food system, we become more knowledgeable about where our food comes from – including growing it ourselves, or helping local farmers and local restaurants to prosper from their work.
Find a Community Garden
The map below provides a current listing of community gardens across the City, including the number of plots, garden organizer and contact information. Click here to view a larger map.