Welcome to the BRCA Rooftop Garden community homepage!
We are now accepting applications for the 2021 gardening season. Application deadline is March 31st.
Please see the below section for more information on the application process. Please also take note of our new email address [email protected]
Our mission statement
Bringing neighbours together to build our community by increasing and enhancing community gardening for everyone in Bridgeland Riverside.
About our garden
The rooftop garden, located on the top of the BRCA Community Hall, began in the spring of 2014. The garden includes a communal garden and 20 (+/-) individual plots that can be rented for a season. Our community garden is about bringing the community together, getting to know your neighbours and providing a beautiful space in our community for everyone to enjoy. As a BRCA Rooftop Gardener, you're an important part of helping grow our vibrant community.
Our gardening season
The rooftop garden season typically starts in May with a spring clean-up ends with a fall clean-up and harvest in October. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no organized spring clean-up session and gardeners will be responsible for preparing and maintaining their own plot. Depending on the weather, the start and end of the season may shift. The BRCA Rooftop Garden Coordinator communicates via email with gardeners regarding dates for clean-ups, events, maintenance issues and garden news.
How to apply for a garden plot?
In order to join the BRCA Rooftop Garden, you must be a resident of Bridgeland-Riverside and you must be a member of the BRCA (Bridgeland Riverside Community Association). There is no cost to become a member.
STEP 1: Submit an application to the garden committee by filling in the online form
If you don't have one already, you will be asked to create an account login and password. Select the BRCA membership that applies to you (family, individual, senior). Please note this will look like an online shopping cart, but will show both items as $0.00, as no payment is required to apply, and membership fees are free for 2021.
The committee will review all applications and award plots accordingly.
STEP 2: The committee will send an email to everyone who has been awarded a garden plot for this year, which will contain a link that takes you to the registration page. Now you can register for your plot, agree to the rules, terms and conditions, and pay your gardening fees.
Applications for the 2021 season will be open from March 1st to 31st.
How much does it cost?
- Large individual plots: $40.00/season
- Small individual plots: $30.00/season
- Communal garden: $25.00/season
After the application window closes, gardeners will be provided with an orientation package, assigned their plot number, asked to sign the BRCA Rooftop Garden Contract and provide payment.
The BRCA Rooftop Garden expects dedication, enthusiasm and participation from its members. The rooftop garden requires members to attend spring/fall clean-up, respond to emails and participate in garden club activities.
Communal Gardeners: The communal garden is cared for and maintained by communal gardeners. Planting, weeding, watering and harvesting of the garden are shared responsibilities. A schedule for weeding and watering will be posted and emailed to the communal gardeners. At the time of registration, gardeners can indicate their availability on the calendar.
- Individual Gardener: The gardener is responsible for planting, weeding, watering, maintaining and harvesting of their garden.
#2 Gardening is hard work!
Seasoned gardeners will tell you that gardening is rewarding, but it is a lot of work! Your garden requires:
- constant care and attention
- constant weeding and regular watering
- constant pruning and harvesting
#3 Be considerate
As an individual or communal gardener, please be considerate of the following:
- please take care of your garden, your plants will thank you
- weeding and watering are your responsibility
- do not allow your garden to get overgrown
- do not harvest from other gardens unless you have that gardener's permission
- please communicate with the Rooftop Garden Coordinator if you cannot care for your garden due to unforeseen circumstances
#4 Eligibility for next season
The BRCA Rooftop Garden Committee will monitor the care and maintenance of all garden plots. If it is found that you did:
- NOT plant at season start
- NOT care for your garden (e.g. overgrown)
- NOT harvest
- NOT clean your plot at season end or after a storm
you will be ineligible for a garden in next year's growing season.
#4 COVID-19 protocols
Due to the ongoing pandemic, the garden will be using recommendations for community gardens that had been drafted by AHS, as outlined here. This includes the following requirements:
- Gardeners must maintain 2 metre / 6 feet distance from other gardeners
- Gardeners must bring their own tools and hand sanitizer, and sanitize their hands before and after using multiple touch items and surfaces (water tap, hose, watering can, garden shed)
- Gardeners must not use the garden if exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms
BRCA Rooftop Garden Events
Each season, the BRCA Rooftop Garden will host events for garden members and the community. These events are decided by the BRCA Rooftop Garden Committee and communicated through email, advertisements, Facebook and the BRCA website, etc. Events range from music evenings, coffee mornings and garden related workshops or sessions. The committee encourages all garden members to attend and communicate events to family, friends and neighbours. Due to the current pandemic, events will only be organized if compliant with government rules and regulations.
The BRCA Rooftop Garden Committee
The garden committee is comprised of gardeners who help organize, monitor and care for the garden. Committee members are key to keeping the garden available for everyone to use. Members meet every so often to discuss garden issues, apply for grants, plan for the new season and organize community garden events. If you're enthusiastic, dedicated and passionate, we want you!
Please email [email protected] if you're interested in becoming a committee member.
Other things to note
- Children and dogs are welcome, as long as they are under control and in the care of their parents/guardians
- The rooftop garden offers shared tools, watering cans and gardening gloves, if available. Gardeners should plan to bring their own small hand tools and gardening gloves
- Providing seeds/plants for individual garden plots are the responsibility of individual gardeners
- The communal garden will be provided with some shared seeds, perennials and annuals, based on the availability of funds for the season. However, bringing seeds and plants are highly recommended
- Family members and friends are welcome to garden with you or in your place
- In the event that any gardeners do not prepare and plant their plot in a timely manner, plots will be reassigned to those on the waiting list
If you have questions or would like to join the BRCA Rooftop Garden Committee, please email [email protected].