Garden collective builds communities at grass-roots level
"The seeds of change are sowed among the rows of tomatoes and corn and peppers grown in 45 community gardens throughout Windsor/Essex County Community Garden Collective. On a daily basis, volunteers weed and water and harvest an abundance of fruits and vegetables and flowers — nourishing not only their bodies but their souls as well."
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There have been reports recently of two women (and a male driver in some cases) moving from garden to garden taking everything that is ready to be harvested. They are in a black SUV. One woman is reported as being around 40 with short blonde hair and approximately 5'7". The other has shoulder-length darker hair and stands roughly 5'4". If you see these people taking items from any of our gardens, please get the license number of the vehicle.
RECENT BLOG POSTS
Many of our members and friends maintain blogs. Please visit some recent and/ or popular posts below:
Come on by our forums (no registration required) if you have some questions or some things you'd like to talk about.
See what's going on in the gardens in our area, find out about markets, workshops and other events and take part in one of our community events!
Members of our collective have posted videos with tours and tutorials.
Check out what we've got in the way of spreadsheets, forms, articles and other valuable information.
ABOUT THE WECCGC
The Windsor/ Essex County Community Garden Collective is a free association of Community Garden members from across Windsor and Essex County. It exists to provide support to members and general public regarding starting gardens, maintaining community gardens and sharing community garden resources and information. Every garden has its own unique mission and personality that reflects the neighbourhood it is born in.
Our HistoryThe Windsor & Essex County Community Garden Collective is a network of Community Garden and Urban Agriculture projects in Windsor and Essex County. Most of the community gardens were developed at grass roots level. Two of the gardens were developed by agencies in partnership with the community and received United Way funding to start. Many of our gardens were a direct result of the City of Windsor’s ‘Seed & Feed’ one time program that gave out start up monies for the community gardens to get established. The majority of the community gardens rely on donations of time and labour from the community to continue. These public spaces are managed by teams of dedicated and highly committed members of each community garden. Thousands of pounds of food are shared with the community informally and through food rescue programs. Each community garden can be congratulated for the hard work they put in all year round to maintain, plan, harvest, and share their bounty with children, parents, individuals, community groups and neighbourhoods. The Windsor and Essex County Community Garden Collective is not run by any local organization- but cooperates with many. It is grateful for all those businesses and agencies that partner with the gardens to make this happen. We could not do it without your support. The WECCGC is also grateful for the Ontario Trillium Foundation for supporting the role of a Network Coordinator to assist in the growth of the movement. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Network Coordinator.
Strategic Priorities – 2014
Windsor Essex County Community Garden Collective
(Adopted, November 2013)
Maintaining Existing Gardens:WECCGC will work together to ensure all gardens remain productive, welcoming green spaces. This will occur through both regular maintenance and anticipatory planning for future tasks. We exist to support one another in our community garden projects, to share knowledge and experience, and to work together to establish a vibrant community garden network across Windsor and Essex County.
New Gardens:WECCGC will endeavor to develop new gardens as volunteer capacity and financial resources allow. The WECCGC will seek out external funding as necessary to develop these garden spaces. Other types of gardens may be considered beyond the current garden model.
Education & Mentorship:WECCGC will continue to provide educational events and information to its members and the wider community through skill sharing among local gardeners. Workshops, garden events and other educational activities will be held to ensure that all gardeners have the skills and knowledge to grow good gardens and make good use of the food they produce. This will involve supporting new gardeners, working with schools, and continuing to develop workshops and educational materials. When possible, external funding and partnerships will be used to improve and formalize educational offerings.
Advocacy & Networking:WECCGC will work to support and enable existing and emerging organizations involved with food production, food security, access to local food in Windsor and Essex County. The Collective seeks to engage the public regarding community gardens, there purpose and value within neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban.
Please use the map below to locate our gardens. By clicking on the markers you can get additional information about each garden, including links to blog and web pages. If you need more information, please contact us at the bottom of this page.
The Citizens Environment Alliance Garden1950 Ottawa St, Windsor, ON N8Y 1R7
phone 519-973-1116 web site
Bruce Avenue Park Community Garden694 Bruce Ave, Windsor, ON N9A 4X3
Campus Community Garden380 California Ave, University of Windsor, Windsor, ON N9B 3A9
email | web site |
Glengarry Community Garden445 Glengarry Ave, Windsor, ON N9A 1P9
Ford City Community Garden970 Drouillard Rd, Windsor, ON N8Y 2P6
Steve Green blog | | email
Revitalizing Reginald Garden5465 Reginald St, Windsor, ON N8T 1A4
Together We Flourish5420 Empress St, Windsor, ON N8T 2E7
web site | | email
phone 519 567 7927
The Ray and Shirley Gould Community Garden at the Unemployed Help Centre6955 Cantelon Dr, Windsor, ON N8T 3J9
Community Garden of Hope235 Amy Croft Dr, Tecumseh, ON N9K 1C8
Pastor Glenn Hart
phone 519-979-8082 ext.214
LaSalle Community Garden5675 Malden Rd, Windsor, ON N9H 1R9
ACCESS Community GardenRyan Couture, Community Garden Coordinator | email
Phone 519-733-8983 ext 34 | Fax 519-733-2642
Mill Street Neighbourhood Community Garden29 Lutsch Ave, Leamington, ON N8H 2N4
Windsor Residence Garden1101 McDougall Ave, Windsor, ON N9A 1M2
Erika Pozzuoli, Youth Transitional Support Worker email
House of Shalom Community Garden247 Brock St, Amherstburg, ON
Holly Kirk McLean, Program Director, House of Shalom Youth Centre email
GessTwood Retreat & Camp Centre1034 Mole Side Rd, Essex, ON, Canada
(mailing address) PO Box 44, Essex, ON N8M2Y1
email | web site |
Ten Friends Diner1400 Windsor Ave (at Ellis)
Windsor, Ontario N8X 3L9
First Baptist Church Community Garden710 Mercer St, Windsor, ON
Windsor Youth Center Teaching Garden1247 Wyandotte St E, Windsor, ON N9A 3K6
Ambassador Baptist Church3285 Manchester Rd, Windsor, ON
Bloomfield House Community Garden3226 Peter St, Windsor, ON N9C 1H5
Lens Avenue GreenbeltLens Ave. Greenbelt, Windsor, ON
279 Drouillard Vacant Lot Bio-Remediation Site279 Drouillard Rd, Windsor, ON
981 Drouillard Vacant Lot Bio-Remediation Site981 Drouillard Rd, Windsor, ON
Victoria Manor Residential Community Garden759 Victoria Ave., Windsor, ON
(In Development) Salvation Army Essex Community Garden26 Talbot St S, Essex, ON
(In Development) Housing Information Services Seniors Community Garden3450 Ypres Ave #200, Windsor, ON
(In Development) Gerard Court (HIS) Community Garden Site39 Ken Gerard Ct, Windsor, ON
(In Development) Union Street (HIS) Community Garden Site2363 Union St, Windsor, ON
Mitchell Park Community Garden325 Giles Blvd W, Windsor, ON
UNIFOR Community Garden3400 Somme Ave, Windsor, ON
South Merritt Park Community Garden1030 Merritt Dr, Windsor, ON
Ready-Set-Go/ Prince Edward Community Garden949 Giles Blvd E, Windsor, ON N9A 4G2, Canada
Kate Winters, Community Development Assistant, Ready-Set-Go! email
phone 519 977 9407
Cardinal Carter Catholic Secondary School120 Ellison Ave, Leamington, ON N8H 5C7
Chris Church email, Paul George email
New Beginnings Youth Garden1049 Janette Ave, Windsor, ON N8X 1Y6
Myles Soulliere email
300 Giles Blvd, Unit A1, Windsor, Ontario, N9A 4C4 map
519-258-3033 ext. 1148