Community gardens provide fresh food for neighbourhoods

In partnership with St Luke's, Peterborough GreenUP engages local neighbourhoods in the challenge of sustainability

updated 8 February 2020

In early 2018, St Luke's began exploring partnership opportunities with Jenn McCallum, a Coordinator in the Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods (SUN) section of Peterborough GreenUP. SUN has piloted several initiatives that include community gardens in Peterborough and specifically in the Curtis Creek area. St Luke's is a central location in that neighbourhood in East City.

The goals of the garden projects focus on availability of fresh food, climate change practices, food literacy, and engagement with people in local neighbourhoods.

St Luke's now makes its front lawns (339 square metres or over 3,500 square feet) available to the neighbourhood for community gardens.


The SUN programme has been instrumental in making connections within local neighbourhoods. They also work in cooperation with The Nourish Project to assist local groups in creating community garden projects. "The Nourish Project uses a collaborative approach to grow access to healthy, locally-produced food, food literacy, and food advocacy. Through innovative programs and strong partnerships, we create spaces where people feel that they belong."

The St Luke's Community Gardens is one example of the parish's caring and connecting with the community.

To connect and find out more, contact:

Jill McCullough -- Site Coordinator

Lorraine Brown -- Parish Liaison

Useful additional information:

Jenn McCallum

705-745-3238 Ext. 208 |


Jill Bishop

705-743-3526 Ext. 115 |

Hayley Goodchild

705-745-3238 Ext. 213 |


  1. Beverly adams on 21 June 2019 at 7:49 AM

    I was talking to a friend who lives in east city. She commented that when she drove by st. Lukes and saw the gardens it gave her goose bumps and brought tears to her eyes. She was so impressed. Beverly adams

    • Father Glenn on 21 June 2019 at 7:58 AM

      This is so great to hear. And the gardeners are doing such a great job.


  2. Father Glenn on 25 May 2019 at 1:50 PM

    What a super group of local folks. They worked very hard all day. It was amazing to see the transformation as the garden layouts began to take shape. Huge appreciation to Peterborough GreenUp, SUN, and NOURISH. And very special kudos to Jill M and Anica for their design work plus for organizing such a effective team of gardeners. Blessings to all.

  3. Bill Nicholls on 24 May 2019 at 8:23 PM

    May 24
    The garden plots are in after a lot of hard work by many volunteers today.
    They look great. Look forward to seeing the plants growing in the near future.
    Thanks to all who made this possible.

  4. Doug Woods on 16 March 2019 at 1:49 PM

    I know of community gardens which are accessible to any passerby. So if anyone needs fresh, nourishing food, they can just take it, no questions asked. It’s for the community.

  5. Ian and Beverley Ralston on 6 February 2019 at 2:05 PM

    We think this is a wonderful project, and eager to learn more about the plans.

    • Father Glenn on 6 February 2019 at 3:01 PM

      Hi Beverley,

      This is great to hear! I’ve been hearing very positive comments. This is a project for our neighbours. Our part is basically making space available. We will not have any labour-load in the preparations or tending to the gardens. All the prep work will be done through the supporting agencies and the gardeners. I see it as a win-win in our connecting with the community. Of course if any parishioner wishes to have a garden plot, they can get involved. I will keep people posted thought the website p,us I’m going to mention this on Sunday.

      Blessings to you and Ian,


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