Community Gardens

Penticton and surrounding area are well known for producing some of the best fruits and vegetables in the country. Take a trip up Vancouver Hill and you’ll notice that some of it is grown right here in town.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Jennifer Cockrall-King

Penticton Community Garden

Penticton’s only official community garden, aptly named Penticton Community Garden, located near Okanagan Lake on Vancouver Hill, boasts 51 raised bed garden plots. The garden is run by the Penticton Community Garden Society, a non-profit group that calls the site “a natural nexus for creative impulses”. The society educates and disseminates information on winter growing, high density planting, succession planting, preservation techniques and nurturing healthy soils. If you’re interested in becoming a member of the garden, send an email or visit the Facebook page: Penticton Community Garden Society

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo credit: Tara Albas

Martin Street Volunteer Garden for the Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, Penticton operates the Penticton Community Food Bank. In an effort to generate more long-term solutions to food poverty, the organization offers gardening opportunities, meal planning instruction, cooking classes, and lessons on how to preserve the harvest. The garden space is donated by a local resident and the 25 raised beds are maintained by volunteers who are offered instruction, mentorship and support throughout the growing season. If you’re interested in learning more about this garden, please contact Barb Stewart, Penticton Program Coordinator for the Salvation Army, at 250-492-4788 or by email.

Urban Agriculture in Penticton

In general, Penticton is starting to see more interest in urban agriculture, with some residents converting their yards to productive gardens. In response, the City of Penticton has clarified the Zoning Bylaw to permit Urban Agriculture in all zones, allowing residents or an outside body (with the resident’s permission) to operate a productive garden with the intention of sale. A business license is required. If you are interested in learning more about urban agriculture in Penticton, have a look at our Zoning Bylaw (linked) or come in and speak with a planner.

Interested in starting a community garden in Penticton? The City of Penticton can help: land, consulting services and in-kind support may be available. Please come into City Hall and speak with Planning staff.