Cowichan Green Community recognises the importance that backyard and community food production plays in environmental sustainability. As a result, the establishment of community gardens in our region has always been a priority.
Beginning in 2004 with the Jubilee Community Garden, at Centennial Park, which is now overseen by the Jubilee Garden Group, CGC has since initiated a number of other community gardens within our region including the Warmland House Community Garden, the Caulfield Place raised bed gardens for residents and the ever-evolving Alexander School Community Gardens in the Alexander neighbourhood.
In 2007, CGC began to realize it’s vision of transforming an underused downtown park into a bustling epicentre of food production by building a community garden at Kinsmen Park located next to Cowichan Secondary School. Funding and community support was acquired and 18 raised beds were erected and then used by community members. In 2009, the existing garden was expanded to include an additional 24 beds in a ‘mandala’ style garden as well as a tool shed and compost bin. In 2011, a native plant demonstration garden was created, more fruit trees were planted, a memorial bench was erected and more perennials were incorporated into the landscape.
Currently, the Kin Park Community gardens offer gardeners of all ages and gardening ability the opportunity to grow fresh food in a small plot all their own.
Plots are rented every season by contacting our offices. Renewals or new rentals typically take place from January to May. For more information on the gardens or to rent a plot, please contact us at 250-748-8506.