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.
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
Students received a lesson in bullying when senior management at Carleton University cut the locks to Kitigànensag, the GSA-Carleton Community Garden, and ordered it dismantled without students’ knowledge. Senior management then violated community members’ freedom of expression by arresting them for distributing ‘Save the Garden’ leaflets. “The administration indicated the garden needed to move, so we proposed a Memorandum of Understanding to outline the process,” said Grant MacNeil, President of the...read more
Prepared for Gardeners, Members and the Community Background and Context After several years of lobbying, senior administration at Carleton University agreed to allow the GSA to construct a community garden on-campus in 2012. Construction on the garden was completed in the spring of 2013. The creation of the garden involved careful consideration of detail and site-specific planning to ensure proper drainage, accessibility, safety, and the implementation of innovative permaculture techniques. In the summer of 2013 the GSA approached Algonquin...read more
Community garden Coordinator Chris Bisson had a letter published in The Charlatan, one of Carleton’s student newspapers: …At the Kitigànensag Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) Carleton Community Garden we have managed to accomplish a great deal since our beginning in the spring of 2012. We designed and implemented the garden in 10 months using cutting edge techniques of ecological agriculture, and hundreds of hours of volunteer labour. A large portion of the garden was built using recycled materials found on campus such as wood...read more
Carleton University has informed the GSA that a private residence building will be constructed on the site currently occupied by the garden. The construction will be starting in the spring or summer of 2014. An agreement on the creation of a community garden was reached between Carleton and the GSA in the spring of 2012. After hundreds of hours of volunteer labour, the garden was completed in June 2013. The agreement clearly states that the University must pay the costs of any relocation, but the details – such as a new site – are...read more
The official launch and naming ceremony will take place at noon on Thursday, September 19, and we would be delighted to have you attend. Kitigànensag is a source of pride for the whole community, and especially for the many volunteers who built it and the gardeners who are harvesting the first crop. It is an excellent example of students, staff and faculty coming together to create something sustainable, recreational, educational and accessible to the whole community. Location: Kitigànensag- GSA Carleton Community Garden (located north of the...read more
This summer, the GSA signed an agreement with the university to create a community garden on campus. The garden is located in a small field north of the Leeds residence next to parking lot 6. It will feature raised beds for planting, and will allow students to grow food right on campus. Grad students will be given preference for spaces, and applications will be open to all members of the Carleton community. A dedicated bed will grow food for the GSA/CUSA Food Center. Construction of the garden has begun. The fence is built, path laid out, and...read more
The Graduate Students’ Association of Ottawa University (GSAÉD) has kindly donated bricks from their former grad pub Café Nostalgica to the GSA Carleton Community Garden. These bricks will be incorporated into the construction of the garden. “We thank GSAÉD for their donation to our garden project. This gesture shows both the cooperation between grad students, and our mutual commitment to recycling and sustainability. It’s also a great way for us to honour Café Nostalgica at Carleton” said GSA VP Finance Elizabeth...read more