Community Harvest Gardens

Community Harvest Kingston, originally a grassroots community initiative to bring fresh produce to the Rideau Heights neighbourhood, became a program of Loving Spoonful in 2022.

This program runs two collective urban agriculture sites in Kingston. Our volunteers, community members, and staff work together to plant, cultivate, and harvest a wonderful variety of delicious vegetables and work to enhance access to this fresh, agroecologically grown food for marginalized communities in Kingston.

We currently operate two Community Harvest Gardens:

Production Garden

Our original Community Harvest Garden, located in Kingscourt neighbourhood on the Dutch Heritage Villa Seniors’ Centre front yard, is 6,000 square feet and has been operational for more than 10 years. This is the garden where we grow staple produce for our Community Harvest Markets. In 2024, part of this garden was converted to a Food Forest for fruit and nut production. Click here to see what we planted and here to see the Food Forest’s layout.

Experimental Garden

This site is located at the Calvin Park Branch of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library, in Calvin Park neighbourhood. This garden consists of 16 raised beds, ranging in length from 10-45 feet. We focus on growing specialty crops at this site to welcome newcomers and give them a sense of belonging, with the familiarity of foods native to their homes.

Produce grown at the Community Harvest Gardens is distributed at our pay-what-you-can “Community Harvest Markets”, which operate seasonally in multiple locations across the City of Kingston. For a listing of these markets and the hours of operation, please click here.

Staff Contact

Marie Bencze
Gardens Manager

Funded By

This program is made possible by the generous support of our funders!

C.B. Powell Foundation

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