IMG_5023The Old Ottawa East Community Garden (OOECG) was established in June 2007 with kind permission for land use from Saint Paul University and a grant from the City of Ottawa.

An expansion of the the garden onto land owned by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in 2009, allowed the garden to double in size, growing to 40 plots.

In the winter of 2014, the OECG was given notice that it could no longer locate on the Oblate property as it was going to be sold. Saint Paul University generously stepped in to offer more of its land adjacent to the original garden. The University requested allotments for the Café Urban and its chef. Additionally, the OECG has dedicated an allotment to growing fresh vegetables for the Centretown Emergency Food Centre, a major project of the Centretown Churches Social Action Committee. These allotments are run with volunteer hours from the gardeners and student volunteers from area schools.

The Community Garden Development Fund continues to provide modest annual grants to assist with operating expenses.