August 22, 2019

Community Garden

Lake Trail Community School Garden

The Lake Trail Community School Garden is at the heart of Lake Trail Community Education Society. It is managed by LTCES’s Garden Coordinator and cultivated and maintained by the society and community volunteers. 

Through the community garden, LTCES provides a natural space for events, programs, permaculture education, and food security and food literacy education.

Community gardens. Essential services in the fight against COVID-19.

Food security is more important now than ever. LTCES is working hard to get fast producing crops into the garden which we can distribute into the hands of the community and those who need it most. 

Meanwhile, many of us are starting to think about growing food at home or expanding our own food gardens. 

Lake Trail Community School Garden Coordinator, Elaine Codling, has nearly 30 years of organic gardening experience to share. Join the Lake Trail School Garden Facebook group to have your gardening questions answered and join the conversation!

The Lake Trail Community School Garden regularly receives donations of seeds and this year has been no exception. Lake Trail Community Education Society has set up a seed exchange to help community members get the seeds they need in this time of crisis. 

REQUESTING DONATIONS: We welcome seed donations at the garden on Sundays and Wednesdays between 12 to 4. Please label envelopes with seed type, date, and any relevant information. 

SEED PICK UP: An inventory is posted on our SEED EXCHANGE PAGE with the opportunity to request seeds for pick up on Wednesdays. 

Strict guidelines will be in place to ensure safety. 

Regular Programming

Throughout July and August, LTCES offers Summer Sprouters, a free drop-in program three mornings a week in the garden. Through this program LTCES addressed the play and learning needs of parents and caregivers with young children six months to five years, many living in the Lake Trail neighbourhood. Community partners and guest facilitators are engaged to enrich programming offerings.

Our Lammas First Summer Feast brings community members together to celebrate and share the harvest. 

Twice weekly work parties offer community members an opportunity to learn, share skills, and connect to the garden and the food literacy program.

Various other community programs are offered in the garden from year to year!

Volunteer Work Parties

** Please note that volunteer work parties are postponed. We look forward to welcoming our volunteers back to the garden when safe to share space. 

Volunteers are invited to help in the Lake Trail Community Garden on Sunday afternoons and Tuesday evenings. Whether you are an experienced gardener who would like to share your knowledge to spread the messages of sustainable edible education and permaculture, or a beginner who wants to learn while working with others, we would love to hear from you! Volunteers share in the harvest.

Email LTCES Garden Coordinator Elaine Codling at for further information.