We are the first Community Garden created on Salt Spring Island. Our generous supporters are: CRD, PARC, Transition Salt Spring, Island Natural Growers, Salt Spring Island Garden Club, Salt Spring Island Community Services, and many volunteers and donors.
In late 2011 Kees Ruurs of the Salt Spring Parks and Recreation Commission (PARC) contacted Salt Spring Island’s food growing groups for volunteers to help create an allotment garden behind the Rainbow Road Pool. This site was chosen because of its central location, access to the pool parking and washrooms, former Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) zoning, full sun, and access to irrigation water.
A Steering Committee was created with volunteer members from Transition Salt Spring (TSS), Island Natural Growers (ING), Salt Spring Island Community Services (SSICS), Salt Spring Island Garden Club (SSIGC), and Salt Spring Parks and Recreation Commission (PARC).
The first meeting was held in December 2011. After several successful meetings and site visits, ground breaking took place in February 2012. The fencing was started in March 2012, and by the beginning of April the remaining fencing and irrigation was installed. RRPAG was officially opened on Saturday April 14th, 2012 at 1pm.
The newly created allotment gardens are called Rainbow Road Park Allotment Gardens (RRPAG).
Thanks to all of you, we have 37 grateful gardeners happily growing here!
Our mission is to provide the opportunity for non-profit, sustainable, and organic food gardening for residents of Salt Spring Island and encouraging agriculture opportunities for the community.
History behind the beautiful artwork at the top.
In 2013 Island Path invited our group to be part of the 3 sided Kiosk. The Kiosk was initiated by them. It is located on Rainbow Road by the entrance to the swimming pool. We happily accepted the idea of being part of the display.
Aiko Shebib, one of our original garden member, who also a Salt Spring Island artist donated her time and talent to create this art work to be place in the Kiosk. She also allowed us to use it as the cover page of our handbook.
Aiko, thank you so much for your generosity.
Please come up to the garden to find out what we are up to and to find more information how you can become a member.
Location: Rainbow Road
Latest Activity: Jan 22
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