COVID-19 Update: Please review Community Gardening Best Practices as advised by the Kingston Community Gardening Network Coordinator.
Queen's University supports four Community Gardens on campus.
1. Employee Health & Wellness Services manages a garden on main campus in the courtyard adjacent to Jeffery Hall. The Employee Community Garden aims to improve the health and wellness of employees while contributing to a more sustainable and vibrant campus community. The garden space provides employees with an outlet on campus to get outside, connect with each other, and create a beautiful shared space for the community to take pride in. It includes two large communal plots that are available May to October, on a first-come, first-served basis. Communal plots are shared garden spaces that are open to all registered gardeners for cultivating vegetables, fruits, and herbs. Gardeners work together to plant, harvest, and maintain the plots over the course of the season.
2. The West Campus Community Garden provides allotments for Queen's University & Kingston community members. This popular initiative consistently has a waiting list for spots. Garden plots in this location are also on a first-come, first-served basis. There are 22 raised garden plots, approximately 3 feet by 7 feet, located at the West Campus site adjacent to the stone house near Sir John A. Macdonald Blvd. Gardeners pay an annual rental fee of $25, which provides access to the site during the season (May 1 to October 31), a garden plot, water, and gardening tools. No prior gardening experience is required, as each plot is maintained by an individual renter.
3. The An Clachan Community Garden is located at 47 Van Order Drive. The garden has 15 allotments for use by the tenants of An Clachan only.
4. New this year, Facilities has established a “Working on Wellness” community garden at 355 King for the staff that works in the building. The garden is equipped with 10 allotments and provides interested staff an opportunity to garden from May 1 – October 31. Staff are invited to use the produce grown for personal consumption and some will be donated to food reclamation programs in Kingston.