About the Garden

The Cornell Community Garden Committee formed in 2012 with the goal of creating a productive and fun garden for all interested members of Cornell: individuals, families, students, seniors and special populations. With the support of the City of Markham, Markham Public Library, local business and many volunteers, the garden opened for a pilot year in 2014.

The garden is intended to:
  • Provide fresh, local organic produce to members
  • Help families educate their children about fresh, healthy organic foods and ecologically sound and sustainable practices
  • Help community members learn about sustainable organic gardening
  • Turn a currently underused lot into a healthy natural and productive piece of land
  • Provide a place and project for strengthening relationships in the community
  • Encourage inter-generational mentoring
  • Be an inspiration for a healthier and diverse community
  • Provide a creative atmosphere for community use.
The garden follows a communal model (vs an allotment model). This means that members work together to set up and maintain the garden space. The design is both practical and attractive, emphasizing vegetables and fruit while incorporating natural and artistic elements that allow everyone to enjoy the space. A portion of the produce grown is donated to the Markham Food Bank and the remainder divided amongst members.