Published by City Farmer, Canada's Office of Urban Agriculture

Greetings from Canada's Northwest Territories

Welcome to the Yellowknife Community Garden Collective!
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Website: Yellowknife Community Garden Collective


The Yellowknife Community Garden Collective (YCGC) began in 1995 with the following objectives:

The collective began with one site of 675 square meters. In 2001 an adjacent site was prepared of the same size. New sites were added in 2008, 2010, and 2012.The sites are divided into plots of about 22 square meters each and each plot owner donates 25% of the harvest to local organisations. A community orchard was also added in 2012.  

Gardening in Yellowknife can be challenging but also very rewarding. The gardening season in Yellowknife begins about the first week in June and finishes by the end of September. Gardeners are able to grow many types of vegetables with ease: carrots, beets, leafy greens, peas, broccoli, potatoes, rhubarb, swiss chard, and a variety of herbs such as dill and parsley. Vegetables such as tomatoes, zucchini and peppers can also do well if they have more protection. Soils in the sub-arctic ecozone tend to be acidic and very nutrient poor, so composting plays a key role in improving garden soils. Yellowknife gardeners use both vermicomposting and traditional composting methods.

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Revised August 30, 2012

Published by City Farmer
Canada's Office of Urban Agriculture