We do this work of growing food and building community on the stolen lands of the lekwungen speaking peoples and the W̱SÁNEĆ peoples. We would like to express gratitude to all of the Indigenous Peoples who have stewarded this land since time immemorial. It is because of their hard work, knowledge and love for the land that we are able to grow such beautiful food in this place. We ask everyone who enters the garden space to come with an open mind and heart, so that we may continue to tease apart and work through what it means to grow food on stolen land. We also invite you to come as you are and to enjoy the garden as the healing space that it is.
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The UVic Campus Community Garden is a affiliate group of the UVic Students Society that manages an urban agriculture space on campus, with practical support from Facilities Management and UVic Campus Planning and Sustainability. The garden is located off of Mckenzie Avenue across from the athletic fields. There are 90 plots at the garden, including individual allotment plots, communal “giving gardens” for volunteers and food bank donations, and garden plots used by advocacy groups and classes. Due to the high demand for plots, rentals are restricted to current UVic students, faculty and staff, though volunteers from outside the UVic community are welcome to use our designated communal plots open to all.
We hold work parties every week to work in the communal areas of the garden, build and share gardening skills and to connect with other volunteers. We also host a free workshop series in both the spring and fall semesters. Some example of past workshops included learning about permaculture, canning and preserving, gardening with mushrooms, and companion planting. All of our work parties and workshops are free and open for everyone in the community to participate in. No gardening experience is necessary.