Participate in the BCO’s Community Garden Programs
The Bowmanville Community Organization offers different ways to get involved in their very active community garden programs. There are a multitude of community gardening meetings and garden work days. Beyond that, the BCO rents plots to gardeners on an annual basis.
Scroll down to learn more about how you can get involved.
Questions? Contact the BCO Gardening Committee via the form at the bottom of this page.
BCO Gardening Meetings & Garden Work Days
Please note that dates, times, and locations are subject to change.
The best way to stay informed is to be included on the gardening notification email list.
To enter volunteer hours completed please fill out the form by hitting the button below [COMING SOON] (form opens in new tab):
Please check our Events Calendar, where gardening related events and work dates will be posted.
BCO Gardening Plots
The Gateway Garden (5386 N Ravenswood Ave) and Bowmanville Garden (5410 N Bowmanville Ave) lots are available to gardeners interested in growing vegetables and edible plants.
The 2023 rules and guidelines are included as part of the annual plot application form.
Annually, gardeners interested in applying for a plot should:
Step 1: DO NOT PAY FEES until you receive notification of a plot assignment.
Step 2: Review the annual BCO Gardening Vegetable Plot Application form including the annual BCO Gardening Rules.
Step 3: Complete, sign, and submit via the online form below, per the instructions on the application.
Step 4: DO NOT PAY FEES until you receive notification of a plot assignment and an invoice.
The 2023 application opens February 1, 2023 and remains open until February 15, 2023. The application form, guidelines and rules are updated annually.
This application is for one plot only. The plot rental fee is $50 per season for 4’X 6’ or 4’X 8’ beds. The season lasts from March 2023 – November 2023. Once your application is accepted, an invoice will be sent and payment is due by 3/1/2023.
For each plot, 10 documented BCO gardening volunteer hours are required – the 10 hours must include at least 4 hours at a designated gardening workday and may include up to 2 hours at a BCO gardening event. Time tending your vegetable plot and required weeding of its 2 foot perimeter area are not counted towards this volunteer time.
Membership in the Bowmanville Community Organization (BCO) is required; the annual BCO membership fee is $20. If your application is accepted, and you are not currently a BCO member, you must complete the separate membership application and pay the membership fee when a plot is assigned to you.
All gardeners must attend one of two 2023 Season Orientation
– Saturday, March 11th 9-10am at the Gateway Garden
– Wednesday, March 15th 7-8pm via Zoom
Zoom meeting details will be sent to individuals who are awarded plots. You must complete orientation even if you are a returning gardener, or you will forfeit your plot award to a person on the waiting list.
When all plots are assigned, applicants are placed on a wait list for plots that might become available during the season. A completed application is required to get on the wait list.
You can find the online payment page link on the main dropdown menu or click here for BCO Online Payment page. For payment (after selection process), you will enter 50 into the “Other Payment” field, 2023 Gardening Plot to the “Comment” field and your invoice number in the “Invoice Number” field.
Please complete the Online application/rules/guidelines form below.
If you have difficulty with the embedded form below, please use this link:
Thank you for your interest in Bowmanville Gardening!
Contact the Gardening Committee
Read about the history and use of each of our vegetable garden spaces here.