Report on Community
and Allotment Gardening
in the Greater Vancouver RegionIn partial fulfillment of:
Community Economic Development 404-5
Prepared by: Norm Connolly ID 93301-9731
email@example.com (Norm Connolly)
Professor Mark Roseland, Simon Fraser University
and Michael Levenston, City Farmer
A survey of community and allotment gardens in the Greater Vancouver region
Discussion of survey results
In this section I summarize information gathered from 31 community and allotment gardens in the Greater Vancouver region during the past six months. In the first part, I talk about the differences between community and allotment gardens in terms of spatial characteristics. I also mention the increased demand for plots in these gardens during the past several years. I have included quotes from the founders the three community gardens who talk about the social and psychological benefits of these gardens. Finally, I have included a table that includes a profile of each community garden in the survey.
There are still more observations that can be drawn from the survey data. These observations will be included in a later release of this report.
Three types of community and allotments gardens are identified in this survey:
Local Community Garden
This form of garden is typically smaller than allotment gardens in terms of number of plots and average size of each plot. Within the Greater Vancouver region, local community gardens are located within a short distance of the majority of gardeners. This means that the garden is accessible by walking or by bicycle.
Regional Community Garden
This type of garden is spatially larger than the local version. This means that a regional community garden has a greater number of plots than a local community garden. In addition, and the average plot size tends to be larger as well. Regional community gardens are located further away from where their members live. Although they can be reached by walking or by bicycle, regional community gardens tend to be accessed more frequently via automobile than local community gardens.
Regional Allotment Garden
These gardens are also physically larger than local community gardens. Allotment gardens also have a relatively larger number of plots, and the average plot size tends to be larger as well. However, allotment gardens are distinct from community gardens because they generally do not have portions of the garden set aside for common use. They also do not set aside free plots for those who cannot afford to pay a plot fee. In addition, it is unusual for an allotment garden to reserve plots specifically for other non-profit groups or schools.
Our definition is consistent with the definition given by the Vancouver Parks & Recreation Board:
"there is a difference between and 'allotment garden' and a 'community garden'. While an allotment garden may in fact be defined as only a piece of land used by individuals to produce food and flowers for personal use of society members, a community garden goes beyond that to include common areas that are not allotted to individuals, and education programs that involve schools and youth groups in gardening activities."
(Community Gardens Policy, Vancouver Parks & Recreation Board, April 1996)
Spatial attributes of community and allotment gardensTable 1: Number of plots