Georgian Bay Biosphere

Food Gardens

Food Gardens

Growing Together

GrowingTogether is one way the GBB aims to increase food sustainability in the region. By working together with many area organizations and plant nurseries, the program provided ‘ready-to ‘grow’ vegetable planters to families, seniors, people without garden space, and others.

GrowingTogether encourages our community to think about growing more of its own food and supports people who want to start a garden in their backyard. Ideally, once engaged in growing food, people will keep gardening and share what they know!

Learn About the Setup & Care of Garden Planters

“The Georgian Bay Biosphere provided us with forty planters full of vegetables & herbs to get fresh food into the hands of those who need it right now. We love how the program supports local businesses & workers at area garden centers while doing it. We can’t wait to get them to their new homes.”

Clarissa Kennedy, Parry Sound Harvest Share

Growing Together: Video Guides

Spring Planting
Container Gardening
Mid Season Garden Upkeep
Compost 101

Sustainable Food Systems

Sustainable food systems are an important part of being a UNESCO biosphere reserve. A key factor in sustainable food systems is knowledge sharing and building capacity for people to grow their own food. Since 2008, GBB has led and partnered on food and garden programs with dozens of partners.

Gardening is a rewarding experience with many benefits. It is a powerful way for people of all ages to connect with nature, it can have significant environmental benefits, and can even be an economical option for fresh produce.

Gardening in the Biosphere: Seed to Soil

Calling all new and aspiring gardeners! To help you have the best experience possible with your fruit and veggie gardens in eastern Georgian Bay, GBB staff have created a guide with information to take you from seed to soil!

Download the complete guide below or view individual sections for what you need to know now.

Download Gardening in the Biosphere: Seed to Soil
Seed to Soil, Complete Guide

Building a Garden

Container Gardening

Composting 101

Step 1. Planning for Plants

Step 2. Seeds & Planting

Step 3. Into the Ground

Step 4. Maintenance & Care

Kids Can Grow

Kids Can Grow Guide

Use this simple guide with children or students.

Growing Together Crossword

Double sided garden colouring sheet and crossword.

Green Thumb Certificate

A printable certification for young gardeners.

Environemental Footprint: Food

Designed for students, information for everyone!

Parry Sound Community Gardens

Come grow with us! There are 75 plots among seven gardens within the Town of Parry Sound, established as follows:

  • 2009 Waubeek Street Community Garden
  • 2011 Yvonne Williams Community Garden
  • 2012 – 2013 Canadore College Garden
  • 2014 Mission Park Community Garden
  • 2015 Booth Street Park Community Garden
  • 2017 Mary St Centre Garden
  • 2018 Sound Hub Garden

Want to get involved? Are you interested in a garden plot?

  1. Complete a Garden Application
  2. List where you’d like to have a plot (size approximately 10′ x 10′)
  3. Submit to Glenda Clayton, Community Garden Coordinator at [email protected]

Potential gardeners agree to donate 20% of produce to help people in need.  Parry Sound Community Gardens provides produce donation to Harvest Share, Salvation Army Food Bank, Esprit Place, Parry Sound District Social Services Administration Board and the Parry Sound Friendship Centre.

Gardening with Native Plants

Are you looking for information on incorporating native plant species into your gardening or landscaping?

By selecting plants for your property that are native to eastern Georgian Bay, you’re helping to enhance your property and conserve important natural habitats. They are beautiful, low maintenance and provide food and shelter for a variety of wildlife.

Find More Information on Native Plants

Additional Resources

Do you see something missing for this information or list of resources? Please email us with your suggestions!

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