Backyard Garden Program

Backyard garden

The Backyard Garden Program is an eco-friendly initiative to help support food security in our city and e​ncourage residents to get active at home during the COVID-19 emergency. The City of Brampton is the first municipality in C​anada to launch a citywide initiative to support residents in starting their own gardens in response to COVID-19.

The program is chaired by City Councillor Doug Whillans, in partnership with the Parks Maintenance and Forestry division, and encourages residents to grow produce and herbs from the comfort of their own homes, and donate their homegrown crops to local food banks and community organizations. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Donate

If you are a business or organization that can donate gardening soil and vegetable seeds to the City, please email BramptonGreenCity@brampton.ca

Volunteer

Email us at COVID19backyardgardenvolunteers@brampton.ca​​ if you would like to assist with the program as a volunteer. Volunteer hours can be used towards the high school requirement of completing 40 hours of community service.

Participate

​We received more than 11,000 requests to participate in the program (with approximately 5,000 residents on a waitlist). Our team will contact waitlisted residents once more resources become available. Deliveries of soil and seeds will take place from April 27 to May 29 for registered participants.

​Construct

​Be sure to install your garden away from the swales along your property line to avoid any drainage issues. Do not change the grading or slope of a swale, and do not obstruct the water flow by constructing a permanent structure within the swale (e.g. storage shed, raised flower bed, garden bed etc.). For more information, refer to the documents below:

Grow

Explore learning resources for Ontario gardeners:

Share

We encourage you to donate your grown produce to one of the following food banks:

  • Knights Table: 287 Glidden Road, Unit 4
  • Regeneration Outreach: 253 Queen Street East
  • United Sikhs: 585 Guru Nanak Street
  • Khalsa Aid: 510 Deerhurst Drive

Share your garden photos with us at COVID19backyardgardens@brampton.ca or post on social media and tag @CityBrampton

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Thank you to our supporters!