No.9 Gardens is located at 1516 Summers Rd, Elgin, ON. The land is situated on traditional territories of the following groups: Haudenosaunee (Ho-den-o-show-nee), Anishinaabe (Ah-nish-in-ah-bay), Mississauga, Algonquin, and Wendake-Nionwentsïo. We are grateful to be able to offer these lands for public awareness and education.
ABOUT No.9 GARDENS
This unique 40-acre educational facility is Canada’s First Sustainability and Reconciliation Centre. It is a lab for research and the implementation of innovative projects and practices that lead to low carbon communities and a sustainable lifestyle.
No.9 Gardens is where people can come and learn how to live more sustainably in a holistic manner, including health, wellness and sustainable design. We offer a number of hands-on learning through:
- Growing and cooking with local organic food and natural products;
- Workshops around farming, gardening, and connecting with nature;
- Various volunteer opportunities
After a successful first year of growing over 850 lbs of organic produce for our distribution partner Community Harvest Kingston, we are now gearing up to double our impact in 2021. We are expanding our donated produce to more food banks and community organizations.
No.9 Gardens’ COVID Response
Many of those receiving this produce have been hit hard by economic challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it is part of No.9’s mission to strive for equity when it comes to nutritious affordable local food for our communities.
Launched in the fall of 2018, in partnership with Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre and St. Lawrence College Department of Skilled Trades and Tourism, No.9 Gardens is a hands-on teaching facility created to empower youth to lead a revolution in building resilient communities, utilizing the Nine Pillars of Sustainable Design developed by No.9:
- Civic Engagement & Leadership
- Food Security
- Open Green Space
- Waste Management
- Water Management
- Green Building Design
- Alternative Energy
- Public Art & Design
At No.9, we believe that building sustainable communities is only achievable with reconciliation and rejuvenation. Since our launch of No.9 Gardens in 2018, we have been actively developing partnerships with the indigenous communities in the region. It is our intention to be able to provide a safe space for dialogue and learning opportunities between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples, so that we may learn from each other and work towards common goals and aspirations. To date, No.9 has hosted a traditional canoe making workshop, showcased an Indigenous artist installation, has partnered with the Downie/Wenjack Fund to provide a Legacy Space onsite, and is in the process of establishing a Memorium of Understanding with the Queen’s University Office of Indigenous Initiatives around providing land-based curriculum to students.
No.9 Gardens is committed to providing education around sustainable local food systems and how we can feed our cities. Training young people how to grow local organic produce is a great way to offset carbon caused by food waste and food transportation.
In addition to growing food, offering workshops, and volunteer opportunities, No.9 Gardens will be installing a teaching kitchen this fall, so that we are prepared to offer cooking classes this Spring. If our expectation is for the next generation to reduce their carbon footprint in an effort to mitigate the impacts of Climate Change, we must provide them with the knowledge and skills to do so!
In 2021, we will continue to expand our partnerships with local community organizations including: Community Harvest Kingston, Kingston Area Seed Saving Initiative (KASSI), Rideau Thousand Islands Master Gardeners and more to come!