Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

What is the Garden Portal?

The Garden Portal is a way to connect people in order to grow food. Yardsharing is run through the Garden Portal. Yardsharing allows people with unused land (Yardsharers) to donate garden space to people who love to grow food, but have no place to do it (Gardeners).

Why does the Garden Portal exist?

The Garden Portal exists to help make fresh healthy food available to people in the Kitchener-Waterloo area! We especially hope that this platform can help improve food access for communities that often face barriers to access, including Black, Indigenous, and racialized peoples, disabled people, low-income individuals, unhoused people, new Canadians, LGBTQ+ individuals, and post-secondary students.

How much does it cost to use the Garden Portal?

The Garden Portal is free (yes, free!) to use, and we hope it can stay that way.

Who can use the Garden Portal?

Anyone who is the age of 18 or over can create an account and use the Garden Portal! We welcome individuals of all cultural, racial, economic and other backgrounds to participate.

How do I use the Garden Portal?

If you would like to using the Garden Portal to participate in Yardsharing, follow these instructions that we have outlined. It only takes a few minutes to sign up, and potentially create a life-changing opportunity for yourself!

Who runs the Garden Portal?

KW Urban Harvester (KWUH) runs the Garden Portal through a dedicated team of mostly volunteers. KWUH is a program of the Laurier Students’ Public Interest Research Group (LSPIRG), a non-profit that aims to sustain campus and community based engagement through research, education, and action on social, economic, and environmental justice.

What do I do if I have questions/concerns about something related to the Garden Portal?

Feel free to Contact Us if you have any questions.