Kitigànensag, Algonquin for “little gardens,” is a student-run project that promotes local, organic food production, education and community building. It is a space where members of the Carleton community come together to grow and enjoy healthy, socially just, and sustainable food.
The garden is located at the southeast corner of the Nesbitt building, beside the River field (where the GSA softball league is held). Garden plots are free, and two are wheelchair accessible. Applications for plots are open to all members of the Carleton community, with preference going to graduate students. Planting season normally begins in May and runs until October.
The Graduate Students’ Association works within an anti-oppression framework and fosters an open and inclusive environment. We acknowledge that Carleton University is located on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin territory, and appreciate the support from the aboriginal community and the efforts of the elders who collectively agreed to find an appropriate name. This name demonstrates that as a community, our vision of student food sovereignty involves solidarity with the struggle for Indigenous sovereignty.
We’re in the final stages of the garden’s relocation! We recently reached an agreement to build the remaining 2 raised beds and we are looking for volunteers to help with the construction. We will be holding a Community Build Day on Saturday June 27th and we would love any extra hands to help build the beds. We will be meeting at the garden at 12:30pm and will have a celebratory BBQ on site for dinner. The garden is located at the southeast corner of the Nesbitt building, beside the River field (where the GSA softball league is held)....read more
The GSA has recently reached an agreement to build the remaining 2 raised garden beds to complete Kitiganensag’s relocation! These beds will be ready for planting starting in July and will add another 16 plots to be allocated for this year’s growing season. This means that we are accepting more plot applications to fill these new beds! Kitigànensag, Algonquin for “little gardens,” is a student-run project that promotes local, organic food production, education and community building. It is a space where members of the Carleton...read more
The Community Garden Coordinator, along with a crew of dedicated volunteers, have prepared the previously relocated garden beds for the 2015 growing season. The GSA has prepared a simple and cost-effective proposal to complete the relocation of Kitiganensag. The goal of the proposal is to ensure that the amount of gardening space in the new garden is comparable to that of the original location. Previously, Senior Administration at Carleton University has agreed in principle that the relocated garden should have comparable growing space. The...read more
We’re in the final stages of the rebuild of the GSA Carleton Community Garden, Kitigànensag, and beginning the process of allocating plots for this year’s growing season. Kitigànensag, Algonquin for “little gardens,” is a student-run project that promotes local, organic food production, education and community building. It is a space where members of the Carleton community come together to grow and enjoy healthy, socially just, sustainable food and work towards greater food security and sovereignty on campus. The garden is located at the...read more
We’re in the final stages of planning the garden’s rebuild, and are looking for volunteers to help with construction and maintenance! Kitigànensag, the GSA Community Garden, is a place for all students, staff and faculty to come together to grow and enjoy healthy, socially just, and sustainable food. Volunteering is a great opportunity to meet new people, learn about gardening, and work to increase food security on campus. Plus, volunteers will be given preference for a plot once our growing season begins! Like all other GSA spaces, the...read more
Part-Time Contract Position Term: May to November 2015 Remuneration: $18.00/hour Number of Positions: 1-2 Job Description: The Community Garden Coordinator will: coordinate the remaining physical construction of a community garden on the Carleton University campus in consultation with the GSA, Carleton FMP, and with volunteers. assist in the development of policies and procedures relating to the garden assist in the distribution of plots, and the horticultural development of the site source materials,...read more
In preparation for the reopening of the Kitiganensag, the GSA-Carleton Community Garden, the Graduate Students’ Association is hosting FREE workshops for students, staff, faculty and the larger community. All workshops take place in the Grad Lounge, located on the 6th floor of the University Centre Building. No registration necessary – just show up and bring your enthusiasm! Introduction to Gardening Workshop – Thursday, March 19, 6-9 PM Gardening can be a simple, enjoyable, and bountiful practice. It is possible to grow...read more
The GSA has been working diligently over the past several months to develop a comprehensive relocation plan for Kitigànensag, the GSA community garden. We have been working with Carleton Facilities Management and Planning as well as representatives of senior administration to finalize the garden’s design plans. The working design of the new garden ensures the employment of advanced permaculture techniques, maintains a highly innovative design, and incorporates a Ceremony Circle to facilitate space for Aboriginal knowledge sharing. Currently,...read more
The GSA executive has been meeting regularly with Dr. Wallace Clement, Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs, to reach an agreement on moving the garden to the new site. The new agreement will oversee the move from the original location to a new location behind the Nesbitt Building, including moving existing structures, the purchase of any new materials required, the cost of associated staff hours, and the installation of a new interpretive panel explaining the connection between the Algonquin people and the garden. The new...read more
The GSA would like to provide an update to members following the December 5, 2013, attempt by senior management to cut the locks and dismantled the Community Garden. Information on this event and the subsequent arrest of two members of the Carleton community are available on the GSA website. The GSA would like to thank all the members of the community who came together to prevent the Garden from being dismantled, including gardeners, concerned students, campus staff and a large contingent from CUPE 4600. Hundreds of people emailed senior...read more