Citizens with disabilities, McCauley residents and community volunteers helping to build the Little Italy Community Garden

Citizenship is at the heart of what we do

Little Italy Community Garden

Skills Society is thrilled to have received support from the City of Edmonton Neighbourhood Revitalization Matching Fund to build a Community Garden in the Little Italy area of the McCauley neighbourhood.

We are excited about the opportunity to help beautify this large corner in Little Italy. The construction of the Community Garden is now complete, and the McCauley neighbourhood is buzzing about their new community space. Many families and individuals rushed to rent flower beds this summer and we are now fully booked. However, we are now accepting bed rental applications for the summer of 2016. Aside from renting a flower bed, there are also many other ways in which you can get involved with the Community Garden. Please consult our Garden Brochure for more general information. 

Join some great citizens with disabilities, and McCauley residents and help strengthen connections in this vibrant neighbourhood.

Find out more!

To Connect with this project, get updates and check out some great pics please visit our Facebook page.

For questions about the Little Italy Community Garden contact:

Debbie Reid – – 780-496-9686 or
Gavyn Backus – – 780-920-7423

Achievements to date:

  • A diverse collective of people were brought together;

Construction Phase I:

  • 15 upright garden beds were built; and
  • 3 lower wooden garden beds were built.

Construction Phase II:

  • The remaining 15 upright garden beds were built;
  • A large ornamental bed was built with a beautiful arbour and brick pathways;
  • All of the beds have been planted with either flowers or vegetables;
  • A sturdy shed was built for storage;
  • A pallet composter was built; and
  • the garden has been decorated by an innovative collective.
Project Objectives

Stewardship Phase (summer 2016):

  • To gift the Community Garden fully to the McCauley community;
  • To form a Community Garden Committee that has McCauley residents take on leadership roles;
  • To create a sustainable and inclusive garden policy that is appropriate for the McCauley neighbourhood; and
  • To implement a Community Compost Program
  • Beautify a corner of the McCauley neighbourhood.
  • Bring together a creative collective to steward the garden build.
  • Bring together citizens with disabilities, McCauley residents, business and community leaders, Skills Society board members and staff to work as a strong collective on a project that revitalizes an important area of Edmonton.
  • Offer opportunities to learn about engaged citizenship through action.
  • Enhance Skills Society’s capacity to contribute to the healthy communities movement.
How you can support this project
  • Join some great citizens with disabilities, and McCauley residents and help strengthen connections in this vibrant neighbourhood.

    There are several ways in which you can get involved with this great project:

    • Rent a garden bed for the summer and grow your own vegetables and/or flowers!
    • Take on a leadership role and join the Community Garden Committee.
    • Volunteer to weed or water the Skills Society beds.
    • Host an event at the garden, it is a beautiful venue for both small and large groups.
    • Join our Community Compost Program!

    If you would like to help with any kind of donation of relevant goods, labour, or cash, we would be thrilled to accept your kindness.

    For information regarding garden bed rentals and for general information about the Community Garden, please contact our project lead:

    Debbie Reid  at 780-496-9686 and take a look at are Garden Brochure .

    For more information on how you can support and sponsor the Little Italy Community Garden please contact:

    Rachel Lawrence Hohl, Skills Society Fund Development Manager

    Skills Society Edmonton
    203 Parkington Plaza
    10408 – 124 Street
    Edmonton, AB, Canada
    T5N 1R5

    Phone: (780) 496-9686
    Fax: (780) 482-6395

    Charitable Registration # 107984403 RR0001

Thank you to past sponsors
  • Leah Arnason (Landscape architect)
  • City of Edmonton Great Neighbourhoods Matching Grant
  • Hole’s Enjoy Center
  • The Works
  • Todd Holden (Bobcat operator extraordinaire)
  • YouCan Society
  • Mustard Seed
  • Urban Spirits Rotary Club
  • RBC Day of Service grants
  • RBC Reach Employee Resources Group
  • Chipps Tree Care Inc.
  • Zocalo



Ben Weinlick

Senior Leader of Research and Social Innovation


Debbie Reid

Senior Manager of Community Supports