Welcome to the Fairfield Community Gardens! We are currently managing the Fairfield Food Forest & the Ross Bay Native Plant Garden. Learn more about the gardens and how to get involved.

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Contact: Ton Tran, Community Gardens Coordinator

Email: gardens@fairfieldcommunity.ca


Upcoming Events:

Saturday Work Parties (June-August)

Help us tend to the garden, learn about plants, and enjoy fresh air. These work parties are low-commitment and provide a great opportunity to be out in the gardens! Free to drop-by if you’re interested! No experience required. Everyone welcome!

Location: Fairfield Food Forest

Time:12:00-2:00pm

Dates/ Themes:

  • June 8th | Trimming and bulletin board decorating
  • June 15th | Smoothie Bowl Workshop and Weeding
  • June 22nd | Weeding and trimming Thimble Bush Trail
  • June 29th | No work party

Food Forest Fruit Smoothie Bowls Social

Date: Saturday, June 15th
Location:
Fairfield Food Forest (in Robert J. Porter Park along Thurlow Rd.)
Time:
12:00 pm  – 2:00 pm

Join us for fruits in the Food Forest to create some smoothie bowls! All ingredients (yogurt, granola, and seeds) will be provided for a fun and refreshing experience under the warm sun. Discover the diverse array of fruit during the summer months. We will also be doing some general maintenance of the garden!

Everyone welcome! RSVP to gardens@fairfieldcommunity.ca

DIY Bees Wax Wrap Workshop

Date: TBD

Time: TBD

Location: Fairfield Food Forest

Cost: $5/person to cover supplies

Are you passionate about sustainability and looking for a fun, hands-on way to make a positive impact on the environment? Join us for our Bee Wax Wrap Making Workshop and learn how to create your very own reusable and eco-friendly beeswax wraps!


Ross Bay Native Plant Garden

Location: Between Ross Bay Cemetery and Memorial Crescent. It will extend from Dallas road to Bushby St.

The southern section of the garden has been approved by the City of Victoria and construction will begin Summer 2024.

Salt-spray and wind resistant native plants will be planted on the site. It will be a natural community gathering area where anyone can come and learn about coastal plants that thrive in our area.

Some plants that we know will thrive in this area include:
Ocean Spray, Oregon Grape, Nodding Onion, Sword fern, Junegrass, Seablush, Evergreen huckleberry, Snowberry, Pearly Everlasting, Woolly sunflower and more

More information & FAQs on this project here

Fairfield Food Forest

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Location: Porter Park, on Thurlow Rd between Kipling & Durban Streets.

Fairfield Food Forest is a permaculture garden growing a wide variety of small trees, berry shrubs, herbs and more! 

Everyone is welcome to visit the Food Forest at any time to grow and harvest food while following permaculture techniques. This is not meant to be a vegetable garden but instead be a garden where anyone can come to and cultivate plants for the whole community can enjoy for years to come.

Some things that need to be done in this garden include: tree pruning, weeding, compost mulching, under-story planting, irrigation revamping, preparation for installation of a second fence to encircle the rest of the garden.

There are many edible and medicinal plants in the Food Forest! Click the plant maps below:

Fairfield Community Gardens are generously supported financially by the City of Victoria


Garry Oak Restoration Project

Location: Robert J. Porter Park along Fairfield Rd.

There are specific plants that grow in healthy Garry Oak eco-systems that each help keep that area in balance and provide an important habitat for Indigenous animals. We have an opportunity to reintroduce species that are lacking in the meadow and foster healthy soils to make those plants thrive. Increasing the biomass in the Garry oak meadow will also greatly reduce the flooding experienced in the lower fields of Porter park and also reduce the dryness seen in the summer months.

An important part of this project will be community education through activities in the meadow as well as signs and barriers. You can be an influential part of this project just by helping a few weekends a year.