Green & Gold Community Garden
The Green & Gold Community Garden, established in 2009, is a joint project of the School of Public Health and the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences.
The garden occupies about two acres on the University of Alberta’s South Campus. It is run entirely by volunteers—all the labour and most of the equipment, seeds and plants are donated. A large variety of vegetables, including many heirloom varieties, herbs and flowers are grown. These are made available to the public during weekly market hours in exchange for a donation.
All funds raised from garden produce are sent to the Tubahumurize Association, in Rwanda. Tubahumurize is a not-for-profit organization that supports socially and economically marginalized women through counselling, vocational training, health education, and employment opportunities. The women who benefit from Tubahumurize include survivors of the Rwandan genocide; widows, orphans, women infected with HIV, and victims of domestic violence.
Since 2009, we’ve raised over $100,000 for Tubahumurize. In the summer of 2013, the garden's fifth summer of operation, we raised $24,153 in donations for garden produce. From November 1, 2012 to October 31, 2013, the total funds raised from garden, handicraft, plant and seed sales, and from donations to Tubahumurize was $37,760.
Support the garden - Support Tubahumurize
Supporting Tubahumurize and the garden is easy—just purchase your vegetables from the garden during the harvest season.
Customers are asked to “donate” for the vegetables they take. Donations should be based on what you would pay for good quality, organic produce at a farmers’ market.
Because of the wonderful support from donors and from the hard-working volunteers, we are able to send every penny of these donations to Tubahumurize.
Interested in getting more involved?
To learn more about getting involved with the garden—as a volunteer or as a garden customer—please visit our FAQs.
View photos of the Green & Gold Community Garden on our Flickr page