Community Gardens

York Region Food Network has been a regional leader of community gardens since 1993. We operate both allotment and collective community gardens throughout York Region.

Our Allotment Gardens

Aurora Allotment Garden

This garden is located at 372 Industrial Parkway South. Click here to see where it is.

Our team will be at the garden each Tuesday from 2:00-3:30pm. Come by and garden with us!

There are 56 plots, each measuring 10 x 20ft. Established 1996, it provides people with a chance to access fresh food. Since it is right by our office, we invite people to come in and check out our seed library!

How do I get involved?
The application process begins by contacting Jessica, our Urban Agriculture Coordinator. Send her an email or give her a call to state your interest in the garden. Find her information at the bottom of this page. There is usually a waitlist as these plots are highly sought after. So, when contacting Jessica make sure to include your: full name, address, phone number, and email. That way, you can be put on the waitlist as quickly as possible.


Newmarket Allotment Garden

The garden is East of the Magna Centre at 900 Mulock Drive. Click here to see where it is.

Our team will be at the garden each Friday from 3:00-4:30pm. Come by to garden with us!

There are 106 plots, each measuring 10 x 20ft. Established 1999, it focuses on allowing the community to grow and learn about fresh, healthy food.

How do I get involved?
The application process begins by contacting Jessica, our Urban Agriculture Coordinator. Send her an email or give her a call to state your interest in the garden. Find her information at the bottom of this page. . There is usually a waitlist as these plots are highly sought after. So, when contacting Jessica make sure to include your: full name, address, phone number, and email. That way, you can be put on the waitlist as quickly as possible.


Our Collective Gardens

London/Main Community Garden

Located at the intersection of London Road & Main Street North. Click here to see where it is.

Our team will be at the garden each Wednesday 5:30-7:00pm & Friday 9:00-10:00am. Come by to garden with us!

How do I get involved? 

As this is a community garden, there are no particular assigned plots. A term we stand by is “Share the work, share the harvest”. This garden continuously hosts events for all to come together and have fun! Notable events include our Art Hive, group volunteer events, & youth events/workshops (see gallery above).  Visit our Facebook page here!

If you are interested in being a part of this garden, contact our Urban Agriculture Coordinator. Send her an email or give her a call to state your interest in the garden. Find her information at the bottom of this page. When contacting her, include the following information:

  • First and last name
  • Phone number
  • Email
  • Address

Vaughan Growing To Give

Located at 835 Clark Avenue (Behind Fire Hall #7-1). Click here to see where it is.

Our team will be at the garden each Thursday from 5:00-7:00pm. Come by to garden with us!

There are approximately 17 plots, each measuring 8 x 10ft. Established in 2011 in partnership with Seeds For Change, this garden encourages volunteers to grow for others in need. There are class visits, workshops, and collective gardening sessions. In 2018, the harvest consisted of 1200lbs of organic vegetables and herbs. Visit our Facebook page here!

How do I get involved?
If you are interested in being a part of this garden, contact our Urban Agriculture Coordinator. Send her an email or give her a call to state your interest in the garden. Find her information at the bottom of this page. When contacting her, include the following information:

  • First and last name
  • Phone number
  • Email
  • Address

Vaughan City Hall

Located at Vaughan City Hall, 2141 Major MacKenzie Drive. Click here to see where it is. 

Our team will be at the garden each Tuesday from 3:30-5:00pm. Come by and garden with us!

There are 8 raised plots, each measuring 3 x 8ft. It is still in development, and currently features a pollinator bed and compost station. 

How do I get involved?
If you are interested in contributing, please contact environment@vaughan.ca. You can also contact Jessica- find her information at the bottom of this page. .


Other gardens not run by YRFN

  1. Richmond Hill Community Garden at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (10131 Bayview Ave, Richmond Hill, ON). They are a new community garden starting up again this year. They have 60 plots total. Please email: Volkmar & Renee at stpaulslutheranchurch@bellnet.ca
  2. Sheppard’s Bush Conservation Area Community Garden in Aurora, ON have 10x10ft plots that have a $20 reservation fee for the season. There are 12 plots total and several plots are still available. Please email or call: Lauren Grzywniak at 905-895-1281, ext. 126 or l.grzywniak@LSRCA.on.ca.
  3. Light on the Hill Community Garden at St John’s Baptist Church (12135 Yonge St., Oak Ridges, ON) has ten 6x10ft and 6x12ft garden plots available. They do a Pay-What-You-Can Monthly system for gardeners. Please email Adam Furfaro at adamfurfaro@gmail.com, or call 647-575-4426 to learn more.
  4. Vaughan’s Kavanah Garden is an educational space + organic vegetable garden. All produce is donated to a food bank. Run by Shoresh, an organization involved in food and environmental projects in the GTA. Contact Mira (mira@shoresh.ca) to learn more.
  5. All community gardens in York region
  6. A guide to Toronto allotment gardens
  7. Toronto Community Garden Network’s list of 127 gardens.

Our Urban Agriculture Coordinator

Jessica Tong, YRFN’s Urban Agriculture Coordinator

Jessica’s pronouns are She, Her and Hers. She was born in Singapore, raised in Scarborough, ON, and has ancestral roots in Hong Kong/China. Jessica comes from a lineage of people who love and care for each other through food! Although she has an educational background in Agriculture, it is through these family traditions that she draws her energy and direction from. Jessica is most passionate about food justice and its intersections with anti-oppressive frameworks.

Contact her at: jessicat@yrfn.ca or 905-841-3101 ext. 208

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