Lakeside Community Garden is located on a one acre portion of land behind Centre 70 at the corner of Days and Front Roads (the southwest corner of the former prison farm).
We have seventy 10’x10′ plots in our allotment garden for members to grow food. We require our members to adhere to organic principles in their gardening – no chemical pesticides or synthetic fertilizers are used. There is a communal garlic patch where each fall members can plant garlic for themselves, while the board plants some for fundraising.
In 2014, there will be a pilot project with Lunch By George (Outreach St. George’s Kingston/St. George’s Cathedral) to grow food for donation to their free lunch program. Lunch By George feeds a hearty meal to up to 60 people each day and hope to use more fresh, locally grown produce in those meals.
This year we are working on establishing a butterfly garden. Local butterfly expert and retired Queen’s professor John Poland is spearheading this project, and populating the garden with native perennials to attract, feed and provide habitat for local butterfly species.
We have also partnered with local public schools to provide food- and agriculture-related programming to young students. A very successful project in 2013 had a grade 2 class plant a pumpkin patch in the spring, then return in the fall to harvest their pumpkins and bake them into yummy treats!
If you are interested in registering for a plot or getting involved with the above initiatives, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.