Community gardens come in many different shapes and sizes. They can be developed in rural or urban settings and take form in a plot of land or in a planter. With social isolation and food insecurity common among people living with mental illness, community gardens can be a great way to bring people together while providing sustainable food sources.
Community Garden Resources
Gardening for Food and Mental Health
The Canadian Mental Health Association, Grey Bruce Branch, has developed and implemented two gardening programs for different groups of consumers. A successful garden project has been running for several years in different forms through CMHA’s Leisure Links, a group social recreation program. The second gardening program, called Let It Grow, was developed as a support to therapeutic treatment for consumers participating in a group for individuals with serious mental illness and addiction issues.
The Let It Grow program was documented for the Minding Our Bodies: Eating Well for Mental Health project. See the appendices for additional community gardening resources.
FoodShare Community Gardening Program
FoodShare offers a range of resources through their Community Gardening Program, including:
- Frequently Asked Questions about Community Gardening
- Community Gardening Month-by-Month Toolkit
- Community Gardening Manual and other publications for sale
- Learning Centre Toolbox
- Roots to Rooftops Workshops
- Other workshops
Community Gardening Toolkit
This guide from University of Missouri Extension is a resource for gardeners, garden organizers and others who want to start a new community garden, enhance an existing garden or help community members start and manage their own community garden.
For additional gardening resources, see the Resource Library.