McMaster Teaching & Community Garden

Overview


The McMaster Teaching & Community Garden (MTCG) is a University sustainability initiative with the objective of facilitating local food production while providing teaching and learning opportunities and engaging the McMaster and greater Hamilton community. The MTCG is the product of collaboration between McMaster’s Integrated Science (iSci) Program and the Office of Sustainability. The ongoing success of the MTCG is a result of the outstanding contribution from countless students, faculty, staff and members of the broader community who have supported the growth and development of the MTCG.


Click here to read about how the MTCG started!


Since its inception, the MTCG has provided a venue to students, faculty, staff and members of the broader community to learn and work together in a shared space. A list of some of the key collaborators is provided below. However, there are countless individuals who have contributed to the success of the MTCG, and there will be many more contributors as it continues to grow and develop.

McMaster Facility Services, Grounds Department (Grounds): Responsible for the garden design and the supplier of soil, wood and pathways, in addition to labour for construction and fence installation. Grounds also granted access to greenhouse space for plant storage and provided the donation of tools for garden activities.

Integrated Science Program (iSci): Responsible for planning the integration of the garden into McMaster’s academic programs. Will start with iSci and communicate with other departments and Faculties for other potential content. iSci faculty and students will also apply and re-apply for grants for future garden maintenance and improvement.

McMaster Students Union (MSU)
: Responsible for support to the maintenance of the garden and collaboration with Mac Farmstand and Mac BreadBin.

Green Venture
: Responsible for a donation of a portion of plants. Green Venture will also connect the garden with the Hamilton Community Garden Network for integration into the surrounding garden community. Green Venture is an organization that works to connect people and ideas to facilitate sustainable living with cleaner, healthier communities in the Hamilton area.

Office of Sustainability
: Responsible for providing support for student internships and the campus-wide facilitation of the program.

The above partners are just a few of a larger number of other groups, departments and individuals who have worked together to make this initiative possible. Our list of partners is continually expanding.


For more information and to get involved please contact garden@mcmaster.ca.

 


Funding



MTCG has been approved for three separate grants, which include Scott’s Miracle-Gro Grassroots Grant, McMaster Academic Science Fund, McMaster Student Life Enhancement Fund as well as one private donation.

Note: All donations will be directed to the McMaster Teaching and Community Garden Fund

 

June 08, 2017

News and Events


  • 2017 Garden Season is Back!
Make sure to check back for more updates regarding the community garden! Facility Services staff and summer student employees have started cleaning up the garden and preparing it for planting!

  • 2016 Garden Success

During the summer of 2016, the garden continued to provide opportunities for workshops and outreach events, and some of the crops were sold to McMaster students and staff and faculty through the Mac Farm Stand. Recently, we have begun collaborating with the local Ronald McDonald House and East Meets West Bistro, donating a large portion of our fresh produce to their kitchen staff.

This past year, the produce grown in the garden included: cucumbers, strawberries, tomatoes, onions, carrots, zucchini, eggplant, beets, corn, green beans, melons, sweet peppers, hot peppers, rhubarb. To read more about the success of McMaster's Teaching and Community Garden in 2016 click here.

  • 2015 Garden Sucess

Supervised by Facility Services, student volunteers maintained the garden and coordinated the sales with McMaster Farm Stand, a student-run non-profit farmer's market. Workshops, outreach events and social media tools were employed to increase awareness about the garden. The produce grown in the 2015 garden included: cabbages, watermelons, mint, thyme, dill, parsley, cilantro, swiss chard, kale, tomatoes, brussel sprouts, squash, cucumbers, zucchini, broccoli, grapes, carrots, onions, potatoes and grapes. To read more about the success of McMaster's Teaching and Community Garden in 2016 click here.



The Garden in the News

The Teaching and Community Garden has been featured in the following news sources: