Grow Food in the Heart of the City!
The Garden Patch is a community-driven urban agriculture initiative of the Saskatoon Food Bank and 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 five years over 100,000 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 this 2016 season.
The Garden Patch is also home to the Saskatoon Seed Library. Check what they are up to here.
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! Find out more about the Healthy Yards program here.
Garden Patch Open Hours (Starting May 30th 2016)
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday : 8AM - 2PM
Wednesday 8AM - 7PM
Saturday 8AM - 12PM
Drop in for a self-guided tours during these times, or drop-in to volunteer every Wednesday evening from 3:30PM - 7PM. Contact us for guided tours, field trips and volunteer opportunities at other times.
Adopt a Plot
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. In the fall we’ll harvest theproduce for distribution in food baskets at the Saskatoon Food Bank.
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 8AM-4PM with advanced booking. Please contact us to book your trip to the Garden Patch.
You can drop in on our Weedin' Wednesday nights between 3:30-7:30PM 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 as a volunteer. Please contact our volunteer coordinator Laura, to book your volunteer date, guided tour or field trip at 306-664-6565 ext 228, or email her here.
There are many sponsorship opportunities in our Garden Patch program. Please contact us for more information. Because of you, our garden grows!
If you are interested in adopting a plot or sponsorship opportunities please call Brit at 306-664-6565, ext 266, or email her 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 of the entrance to our garden.
The Garden Patch is located on the 900 block of 3rd Ave N, surrounded by a blue fence. The entrance is on the north side, off of Duchess street, across from Imagery Photography. Parking is available on the street.