The Green & Gold Community Garden, established in 2009, is a joint project of the School of Public Health and the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences.
The garden occupies about two acres on the University of Alberta’s South Campus. It is run entirely by volunteers—all the labour and most of the equipment, seeds and plants are donated. A large variety of vegetables, including many heirloom varieties, herbs and flowers are grown. These are made available to the public during weekly market hours in exchange for a donation.
All funds raised from garden produce are sent to the Tubahumurize Association, in Rwanda. Tubahumurize is a not-for-profit organization that supports socially and economically marginalized women through counselling, vocational training, health education, and employment opportunities. The women who benefit from Tubahumurize include survivors of the Rwandan genocide; widows, orphans, women infected with HIV, and victims of domestic violence.