Grow Food in the Heart of the City!
The Garden Patch is a community-driven urban agriculture initiative of the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre, located in the 900 block of 3rd Ave. N in the heart of Saskatoon. Each year this vacant city-owned lot is transformed into a thriving green garden! In the last eight years over 110,000 lbs of produce has been harvested for distribution to our community. Find out more about upcoming events, volunteer and learning opportunities below. There are lots of ways for you, your business, family, community group or school to dig in during the season.
Healthy Yards YXE
The Garden Patch is the home of the Healthy Yards YXE Demonstration Garden, a collaboration between the City of Saskatoon and University of Saskatchewan. You can come for a self-guided or guided tour, featuring rain-water harvesting, a compost garden of several composting methods, low-water gardening techniques, various types of mulch use, season extension, container gardening, native plants and more!
Want to get involved at the Garden Patch with your organization, business, family or friends? Form a team and Adopt-A-Plot! We invite businesses, organizations and individuals to put together a team of committed green thumbs and adopt a few rows to tend over the summer. There is no cost to participate, we provide the seeds, tools, instructions and support throughout the season. The fall harvest will go directly into emergency food baskets at the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre, providing out community with nutritious, fresh and local produce.
Adopt-A-Plot requires no financial commitment. If you would like to support our work in the Garden Patch so that we can continue to nurture team-building and educational opportunities, please donate here or for formal sponsorship opportunities:
A visit to the Garden Patch lets students explore how food is grown. The Garden Patch provides hands-on food and garden education to build and engage healthy communities and youth. Schools can visit the Garden Patch Monday to Friday between
8:00am - 4:00pm with advanced booking. Please contact us to book your trip to the Garden Patch.
When the Garden Patch season is over for the year but there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer beginning in May.
You can drop in on our Weedin' Wednesday nights between 4:00-8:00PM to visit or volunteer. No need to register in advance for Weedin' Wednesday volunteering.
We ask that new volunteers, interested in a regular volunteer role, attend an orientation session. These sessions are 20 minutes, include a short tour and useful information about safety, expectations and opportunities. We ask that regular volunteer roles commit to 20 hours of volunteering over the season.
You can also plan a morning or afternoon of volunteering for your group, organization or business, or volunteer on a more regular schedule. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, to book your volunteer date, guided tour or field trip at 306.664.6565 ext 228, or email here.
Bees in the Garden
Please be aware that we have 2 beehives located in the south end of our garden. Honeybees will sting while protecting their hive, but are generally non-aggressive. The hives are located at the far end, opposite of the entrance to our garden (south end).
Garden Patch Hours
The Garden Patch is now closed for the season but you can stay in touch with us by signing up for the Garden Patch newsletter:
The Garden Patch is located on the 900 block of 3rd Ave N. You can't miss it; it's surrounded by a large blue fence. The entrance is on the north side (off of Duchess street) across from Imagery Photography. Parking is available on the street.