Get Growing, Victoria! is a City of Victoria program that provides food seedlings and garden materials to underserved communities, including people disproportionally impacted by the ongoing pandemic. The seedlings are grown in the City nursery in Beacon Hill Park and distributed in partnership with community organizations.
Many partner organizations support communities directly through their programs, like horticultural therapy for mental health support groups, and gardening and food access programs for community kitchens that support people with disabilities. The pandemic has exacerbated the need for more support and resources to help communities foster social and emotional well-being in safe ways.
Fall distribution registration is now open. Registration deadline: August 1, 2022
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Who is eligible to receive plants?
The project prioritizes support for people who have been disproportionally impacted by the pandemic and want to grow food at home, but that may be facing barriers to access food plants and garden materials, and may not have access to fresh, locally grown food. This may include, but is not limited to, Indigenous people, racialized people, people who have experienced loss of work, people who are immunocompromised, people living with cognitive, physical, financial or social barriers or disabilities, seniors, youth, families in need, unhoused people, and/or people who self-identify as food insecure.
What We Are Growing in 2022
Seedling varieties are selected for easy growing for the novice gardener and suitable for a variety of locations, such as garden beds in yards or container gardening on decks and balconies.
Our spring seedling distribution provides vegetable and herbs and include tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, broccoli, swiss chard, kale, lettuce, basil, chives, nasturtiums, calendula, shiso, and miners' lettuce.
Our late summer distribution of fall/winter crops includes cabbage, cauliflower, kohlrabi, swiss chard, romaine and loose-leaf lettuce, broccoli, kale, and mustard greens.
Oaklands Community Centre
Reception Hours: Monday-Friday from 9:00 am - 5 pm
#1-2827 Belmont Avenue
Victoria, BC V8R 4B2
T: 250-370-9101 F: 250-370-9102
Oaklands Neighbourhood House
Little Acorn Hours: Monday-Friday from 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
2629 Victor Street
Victoria, BC V8R 4E3
T: 250-370-9101 F: 250-370-9159
Oaklands Community Association