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I am interested in finding out about establishing a vegetable garden that is about the size of a city block. (500'x250' approx)

The idea is to use the produce to feed those currently receiving things like food bank, community kitchens, shelters, etc. But, depending on production, could be expanded to many other community efforts and any "excess" could be sold farmers market style to the general public.

I KNOW this is a HUGE are for a garden in the city. But, I drive past the prime area  3-4 times every day.

I know nothing about what I am speaking. I DO feel it would be a great idea.

Any idea how many people something like this would feed?What type of volumes it may produce?

Am I just crazy?


  • Where are you? Sounds ambitious, but, why not? . Need loads of willing hands and you'll feed hundreds of people with that sort of area, if veg is properly grown on a rotation system, you're well supplied with good compost (donations from landowners and supporting businesses?) and the maintenance is organised. 


  • I am in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada. We are a city of about 17,000 people.

    We have MANY large old lots where schools, churches, long term care homes used to be.

    A few are a full city block large, or larger. Just seems like a waste to sit empty for a few years until it gets developed. Even though we are a small community, unfortunately we still have food banks and soup kitchens.

    Yes, it seems like a massive undertaking. Just trying to get a handle on it to see if it is feasible.

  • Little late to the party but...  there are plenty of examples of community farms which sounds closer to what you're expecting than allotments, perhaps you should investigate whether there are any in Canada?

    Here's one such example of one in the UK that may be able to offer some advice if you contact them directly:

  • IamweedyIamweedy Posts: 1,364

    pansyface That sounds like the land around  Dove Holes and Sparrow Pit.

    'You must have some bread with it me duck!'

  • IamweedyIamweedy Posts: 1,364

    Looking at the mining debris its obvious no one wants to even try to tidy up that land at all. I assume vegetable gardening is not really safe.

    'You must have some bread with it me duck!'

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