The Bruce Botanical Food Gardens (BBFG), founded in 2012, is a non-profit organization displaying a diverse collection of sustainable, organic food plants of the rare, endangered and heirloom varieties. As a public learning centre and food-based tourist attraction, the BBFG offers a variety of educational programming and events for all ages based on issues surrounding food security and sustainable food production. The unique varieties of food harvested from the garden provide people with fresh, healthy, organic food options.
The BBFG is located in Ripley, Ontario in the Township of Huron-Kinloss, one of 8 municipalities of the County of Bruce. The Township of Huron-Kinloss has strong leadership for innovative projects and enthusiastically supported the vision presented to them for the development of the Gardens by providing land and other resources to the initiative.
The Township lands on which the Gardens is located are close to a settled residential/senior's development, recreational fields, and the village trail system and is within walking distance to the downtown core.
Volunteers are the backbone of the organization. Without the members of the community who help with everything from planting to harvesting to offering their expertise to building projects, we could not operate. Children's projects have brought great joy to the Gardens with their wonder and excitement at seeing the seeds they planted and nurtured grow into edible produce.
To address the issues of food insecurity, sustainable agriculture, and the issues faced by the small family farm through tourism, education, hands on experience and cultural activity.
The Bruce Botanical Food Gardens are situated on the Territory of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation which includes the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation and Saugeen First Nation. The Territory is covered by the Dish With One Spoon Treaty, an agreement between the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and allied Nations to peaceable share and care for the land and resources around the Great Lakes. We aim to honour this treaty by growing food in sustainable ways, sharing with others, and nurturing the land to support generations to come.