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Lift Lock Community Garden

Established in 2011, the Lift Lock Community Garden lies at the base of the Peterborough Lift Lock. Built from a collaborative relationship between Parks Canada and GreenUP, and the Peterborough Community Garden Network, this allotment style community garden has over 40 plots utilized by 100+ individuals, families, and community groups such as the John Howard Society, Ontario Works, New Canadian Centre, Southern Ontario Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative, and youth garden groups. 

The garden is a working model for community building and food production.  The Lift Lock community garden encourages cooperation, inclusivity, and diversity by recognizing and building upon the strengths of its members, encouraging knowledge sharing, and by working together in all aspects of decision making and communal projects.

Existing communal pollinator and herb gardens have proven to be popular with gardeners and visitors alike. These projects not only provide fresh food, knowledge sharing opportunities. The cooperation and commitment required from the gardeners to keep the gardens healthy and happy, strengthens the community garden group. By creating demonstration fruit tree and bush sites as well as a seed saving demonstration plot, offering hands-on workshops and providing educational signage, we can enhance knowledge and skills of gardeners, future garden members, visitors, teachers and learners. We can enhance the vibrancy and resiliency of the Lift Lock garden and wider community. 

Where it's at:

353 Hunter Street East
Peterborough, ON K9H 1Y6

Garden type:

community garden

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Garden beneficiaries:

food insecure people and unemployed people

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What this project needs:

volunteer labor
fruit bushes
fruit trees

Project leaders:

Jillian Bishop
Peter Hughes - Community Garden Coordinator

About us:

KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.  

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Kitchen Gardeners International
3 Powderhorn Drive,
Scarborough, ME, 04074, USA
(207) 956-0606