Community Garden2022-11-25T17:48:12-05:00

OPIRG McMaster Community Garden

The OPIRG McMaster Community Garden grows on the traditional territory shared between the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and the Anishinabe nations. We are grateful to the traditional inhabitants of the lands for hosting us and recognize our responsibility, as guests, to respect and honour the intimate relationship Indigenous peoples have to this land. 

What we do: 

The OPIRG Community Garden is an urban garden project under the McMaster OPIRG organization and is managed by a committee of students and faculty members. The garden is an open space for students, faculty, staff, and community members to access fresh produce and learn about gardening. Anyone is welcome to sign-up to volunteer at the garden, attend workshops, or drop by to pick some greens for decorating their lunch.

The garden is also supported by the McMaster Facility Services and McMaster’s Okanagan Committee and collaborates with McMaster’s FCC and Student Wellness Centre to promote sustainable food practices.

Our Vision: 

Our vision is that McMaster’s campus will have a welcoming and thriving garden space where folks in need of fresh produce can access it, and all members of the McMaster community can enjoy the therapeutic benefits of gardening as well as grow a deeper connection with nature. 

Our Goals: 

  • To bring people of all backgrounds (students, faculty, staff, Hamilton community, etc.) to foster new relationships with each other and the land.
  • To contribute to food security by growing food for the local community fridges, food banks, and other food security initiatives. 
  • To provide an accessible and educational space for the McMaster community to participate in gardening and attend workshops and events on sustainable food production practices.
  • To promote healthy food production and local, regional, national, and global food security and sovereignty.

Volunteering with Us: 

Love gardening but don’t have the time to grow your own? Come volunteer at ours! Volunteering with us for an hour or two a week at the garden to help harvest, plant, weed, and run workshops. No experience required. Just a willingness to get your hands in the dirt and try new things!

Garden Committee: 

We are looking for new and additional members to our garden committee! Applying using this link. Applications are due August 20, 2022.

Planting Calendar

more to come! for now, check out the planting calendar to get a head start on your planting!

Below are some links to resources about food security and sovereignty.

McMaster: 

MSU Food Collective Centre: FCC is McMaster’s food bank and food security resource.

Hamilton: 

Hamilton Community Fridges: Hamilton Community Fridges are located all around the Hamilton community to provide fresh produce and food for those who need it. They are always looking for donations and volunteers if you are interested in working with community members who are passionate about food security in Hamilton. Check out their social media @cf_hamont

Ontario and Canada:

Young Agrarians: Young Agrarians is a network that connects new community farmers and organic farms around Canada. They run engaging workshops and events, educational programs, and apprentice training programs for young farmers in Canada. They have many resources to learn about agro-ecology, food sovereignty, land access, and land reconciliation.

Food Secure Canada: Food Secure Canada brings together different organizations and individuals to work on food security and food sovereignty in Canada. It is a great way to learn more about Canada’s sustainable food systems and get involved in zero hunger and food sovereignty projects.

National Farmers Union: National Farmers Union is a national farm organization that promotes agro-ecology and food sovereignty. It is a great place to learn more about farming in Canada.

Community Food Centres Canada: Community Food Centres Canada works on poverty and food insecurity reduction in Canada. They build food centres and programs in low-income communities to provide healthy food and educational programs as well as advocate for food poverty and inequality. There is a Community Food Centre in Hamilton that partners with the Neighbour to Neighbour Centre (click here to learn more!) that works on the food system and food insecurity in the Hamilton community.

Hamilton Community Gardens and Farms you can Volunteer or Work at: 

McQuesten Urban Farm: McQuesten Urban Farm is a neighbourhood farm that runs various community workshops, educational workshops, and fresh produce markets. It is a great place to volunteer if you want to learn more about larger scale farming.

Hamilton Victory Gardens: Hamilton Victory Gardens is a volunteer-run ngo that fights food insecurity in Hamilton. They support local food banks and meal programs with the produce that they grow at the various urban gardens.

Green Venture: Green Venture is a non-profit organization that promotes sustainable community practices and empowers the Hamiltonians to engage in greener practices at home and in the community. They have a community garden that you can get involved with and also has student job and volunteer opportunities throughout the year.

Volunteer or Work Opportunities outside of Hamilton: 

Wwoof Canada: Wwoof (Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms) connects you with organic farms around Canada where you can stay and learn about organic and local farming.

Did you know McMaster has a community fridge on campus? Located behind Mills Library, the fridge is a great place for students, staff, faculty, and community members to access free food. OPIRG McMaster Community Garden has partnered with the community fridge and is dedicated to dropping off fresh produce after each harvest. If you have any questions about the community fridge feel free to contact McMaster FCC or the Student Wellness Centre

Community Fridge Instagram: @mcmastercommunityfridge

Community Fridge Email: fridge@mcmaster.ca

Community Fridge Fundraiser: Click here

McMaster Okanagan Committee: The McMaster Okanagan Committee is dedicated to promoting well-being and health on all aspects of campus life. They are a great place to learn more about how you can be involved in various programs and opportunities related to health and well-being within the McMaster community. They also have various resources regarding well-being and health that are easily accessible on their website.

With the help of the McMaster Okanagan Committee and their special project funding OPIRG’s community garden is able to continue to grow!

Garden Events

Strawberry Canning Workshop

June 29 @ 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Garden Blogs

Workshop Highlight: Strawberry Canning

By |July 5th, 2022|Categories: Community Garden, Programming|

Last Wednesday we hosted our first workshop in collaboration with the Student Wellness Centre. A big thanks to Terry McCurdy for leading the workshop and teaching us all the tricks and tips to make the perfect jam. And thank you to Taryn Aarssen from the Student Wellness Centre for organizing the workshop with us! For those who missed the workshop, do not fret! Below [...]

Our First Harvest

By |June 17th, 2022|Categories: Community Garden, Programming|

Our First Harvest: Radishes Interview with a special guest at the garden! The rad-est of the rad: RADISH! Gardener: Last Thursday we had a very important day for the garden. It was our first harvest day! Harvesting is one of the most gratifying and exciting jobs when gardening. There is something so satisfying about pulling something out of the dirt you planted. [...]

Meet our Garden Coordinator

By |May 24th, 2022|Categories: Community Garden, Programming|

Meet our 2022 Community Garden Coordinator: Bohmee Hello! My name is Bohmee, and I am the Junior Coordinator for the OPIRG McMaster Community Garden. As the Junior Coordinator, I work to ensure that the garden is not only thriving in the soil but also socially and financially. This means that when I am not in the garden, I do a lot of administrative [...]

How to Contact Us!

Email: communitygarden@opirgmcmaster.org

Instagram: @mcmastercommunitygarden

Location: We are located across the McMaster Biology Greenhouse.

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