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 southeast corner of the Nesbitt building, beside River Field (where the GSA softball league is held). Garden plots are free, and two are wheelchair accessible. The average plot is 3 feet by 6 feet and will be ready for planting in June. Like all other GSA spaces, the Kitigànensag garden is an open and inclusive environment. We welcome members of all skill levels, backgrounds, and abilities.

Applications for plots are open to all members of the Carleton community, with preference going to volunteers who help construct the garden. Applicants must be in the Ottawa area and commit to maintaining their garden plot beginning in June and continuing through September at a minimum (the garden will remain active through October). If an applicant is not able to commit to maintaining their plot, it is recommended that the applicant share the plot with others. If you would like to sign up for a plot, complete the application form below. Applications are due by noon on Monday, June 8 and can be submitted in hard copy to the GSA office (6th floor of the University Centre) or via email to our Garden Coordinator Jenna Smith (garden@gsacarleton.ca).

We aim to accommodate as many people as possible based on growing space. Depending on the number of applicants, plots may be allocated through a lottery system.

We are looking forward to the return of this wonderful community growing space and hope you will take part in this project with us!