Kitchen Garden

For centuries—well before global pandemics reinforced the value of self-sufficiency—local families found sustenance and refuge on the shores of Esquimalt Lagoon. The grounds, woods and water around Hatley Park were ideal for sustaining a community, and evidence of traditional uses by Xwsepsum (Esquimalt) and Lekwungen (Songhees) nations can still be found here.

A vibrant working farm from the early 1900s this special place still provides a perfect opportunity to revitalize and reimagine local food production – for our campus and our community.

Grounded in the principles of planting carefully and never taking more than we need, our vision is to establish a thriving and diverse kitchen garden that feeds the community, stimulates learning and research in areas related to food and food insecurity, and advances RRU’s climate action goals.

1,000 pounds and growing: RRU Garden helps feed community

Royal Roads University’s Giving Garden, part of A Vision in Bloom, is helping fight food insecurity on Vancouver Island

Royal Roads’ kitchen garden is producing

Right now we are giving the community 120 pounds of organic produce a week, grown right here on campus in our Giving Garden, funded by your donations to A Vision in Bloom.

100 years of history and the heritage fruit trees of Royal Roads

When is a banana not a banana? When it’s a Winter Banana! (Which is a type of apple and one of RRU’s heritage fruit trees.)

Buzzing bees will boost Royal Roads’ vision for a productive kitchen garden

Century-old kitchen garden at RRU will produce fruit, veggies for campus and community as part of Vision in Bloom renewal

President Steenkamp: Good things are growing at RRU

We're reimagining what was once the Dunsmuirs’ kitchen garden into a community food-production hub. Watch the first plot being built in just two days.

Growing and giving: Royal Roads’ kitchen garden to produce food

RRU’s kitchen garden is the lynchpin of Vision in Bloom, a campaign to restore the university’s historic gardens and grounds.
Bees from the Royal Roads apiary

Bees produce a buzz in Royal Roads gardens

Bee health is critically important to global health: bees are the most important pollinator of fruits, vegetables, and flowers, and more than a third of the world’s crop production depends on bees for pollination. The world needs more bees, and your gift will help us expand our apiary to enhance food security in our community and grow our living laboratory for students, educators and researchers.