Dalhousie has gardens on the Studley and Agricultural Campus producing food
Urban agriculture, permaculture, and local food production are increasingly recognized as fundamental to food security and sustainability. Organized community food production at the University has been active for over 15 years. Dalhousie students, staff, and faculty are active in a number of gardens.
Food production on the Halifax campuses is an effective way to learn about food systems and to promote local scale food production. However, in Halifax, the scale of campus agriculture is limited due to increasing campus densification. The Agricultural campus boasts over 200 hectares of farm, pastures, fields, greenhouses, an experimental orchard, and multiple allied research facilities. This is where larger-scale campus food production can happen with the potential to return some of the food to the campus population in both Bible Hill and in Halifax.
Dalhousie Food Gardens
The Chef's Garden is located in the field behind the Banting Building on the Agricultural Campus. Garden vegetables are provided for on-campus dining and education.
The Dalhousie Urban Garden
The Dalhousie Urban Garden is located behind the Computer Science Building on Dalhousie’s Studley campus. It is funded by a student levy and run by the Dalhousie Urban Garden Society (DUGS). The garden started as part of the decommissioning of SEEMORE Green in 2010. In 2013, the Dal Urban Garden Society (DUGS) was formed.
The garden operates as an educational space for students, staff, and community members to learn about the possibilities of urban agriculture, with the produce going to volunteers and the Loaded Ladle.
The garden boasts several styles of gardening ranging from traditional vegetable garden to permaculture forest. In the summer of 2013, the garden collaborated with the Dalhousie art gallery for a summer long installation.
Common Roots Urban Farm
The Common Roots Urban Farm is a community garden on the property of the old Queen Elizabeth High School. The garden is a pilot project to promote urban agriculture and to engage the community in growing food. Faculty, students, and staff are involved in this community endeavor.
Agricultural Campus Community Garden
The AC community garden brings together students, staff, and community members with a range of experience growing food. The community garden brings people together from across campus and from the greater Truro area. The garden is made-up of approximately 40 plots, where each member pays a fee of $20 for their plot. Members are free to choose their crops provided they are organic and legal. Some of the crops that are grown include: beans, peas, cucumbers, nasturtiums, asparagus, highbush blueberries, black currants, strawberries, rhubarb, and chives. Woodchips from campus Grounds Management and compost from the campus barns are supplied for members. Tools are available to members in an on-site garden shed. Plot stewardship is promoted in the garden. At the end of the growing season, half of the plot rental fee is returned to members if plots are well tended. Community engagement and learning is promoted with the organization of garden activities and workshops.