The Greater Vernon Community Garden Network has evolved through the efforts of community garden champions, the Food Action Society who administers the garden grants and fees, and with the support of local government and funding agencies. The Community Garden Network model is a partnership between the Regional District, the Food Action Society, and the volunteer garden committees. More details can be found in the Gardener Handbook Linked below.
In February 2010, the Regional District of the North Okanagan endorsed a policy providing Greater Vernon Parks, Recreation and Culture a framework within which community gardens could continue to be supported and developed to meet this growing community interest.
Each of the community gardens has a volunteer committee and garden representative to manage the day to day operations of the gardens. Additionally, gardeners sign an agreement to follow the rules of the garden and to help maintain the garden site along with their own garden bed.
When openings come available at any of the gardens, new gardeners have an opportunity to register first come first serve starting in January each year and running until March 15- preceding the garden opening in April. Gardeners need to register in person at the Recreation Centre. It is recommended to register early to avoid disappointment.
Each gardener must attend the gardener orientation before the season begins.
Information will be provided upon registration.