Backyard Garden Program

Backyard garden

The 2020 Backyard Garden Program was 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 was the first municipality in C​anada to launch a citywide initiative to support residents in starting their own gardens in response to COVID-19. Other cities in Ontario followed suit with home garden programs of their own; read more on the story here.

The program, chaired by City Councillor Doug Whillans, encouraged 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. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Check out this profile​ from the Compost Council of Canada.

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

Deliveries of soil and seeds have now been completed for registered participants. Unfortunately, we will not be able to proceed with any more deliveries to those who were on the waitlist. 

​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: 187 Deerhurst Drive / 64 Timberlane Drive

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

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