Project History

Throughout the early part of 2010, Continuing & Distance Education (now Extended Learning) had lively discussions with the Nova Scotia Environmental Network (NSEN), the Ecology Action Centre (EAC), and the NS Department of Agriculture (NSDA) about how to address the resource needs of the growing number of Community Gardeners in Nova Scotia.

We undertook an assessment of the various gardening communities across NS to gain insight into what resources we could provide. The assessment, completed in 2011, revealed that both the gardeners and the gardens in NS had various needs, many of which surrounded the process of organizing the community garden. Challenges such as navigating the policies of local governments and obtaining operational funding were identified. Another challenge identified for gardeners was accessing local gardening knowledge.

Our role was clear, given the vision defined by the stakeholders, for freely accessible, scientifically credible, gardening information. We could give gardeners access to the knowledge which had been listed as a challenge for new gardeners. The result is this compilation of factsheets and workshop guides made available to the public on our website, free of charge.

We thank the NSEN, EAC, and NSDA for inviting us to outreach to community gardeners. We also thank Dr. Norman Goodyear for his content contribution and Dr. Desiree Jans, who worked with Continuing & Distance Education (now Extended Learning) on the factsheet development. We would also like to acknowledge AgraPoint, now Perennia, for reviewing the factsheets.


The material in these modules is intended to provide support to community gardeners in Nova Scotia. It is not intended to be comprehensive or to cover all jurisdictions and scenarios, and it is not intended to provide legal advice or to fulfill any specific legal requirements. Readers are advised to consult with a representative of the relevant government departments in their province or with a qualified consultant or other appropriate persons to determine the status of their individual practices, policy or program and its compliance with any legal acts or other requirements.

Although every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy, currency and reliability of this material, the authors and reviewers accept no responsibility for any errors and omissions. Furthermore, the authors and reviewers accept no responsibility for the accuracy, currency, and reliability of any documents suggested as sources of further information; these are supplied for your information only.

The Faculty of Agriculture of Dalhousie University and Her Majesty the Queen in Right of the Province of Nova Scotia make no representations or warranties, either express or implied, as to any matter including, without limitation, the quality or freedom from error of this publication.