Bytown Urban Gardens (BUGs) is a not-for-profit Ottawa-based community garden organization, formed in 1996 by a group of Ottawa residents who wanted to promote sustainable food production. The original garden was situated at Metcalfe and Catherine Streets, also known as Beaver Barracks. When the new Beaver Barracks housing complex began construction, the garden moved and established a new site in the Glebe Memorial Park in 2010.
The purpose of BUGs is to promote urban community gardening as a means of addressing four (4) interconnected goals:
- Providing geographically accessible gardening space for downtown residents, especially those without cars and/or those with low income.
- Raising awareness and addressing urban and global environmental issues like protecting green space and plant biodiversity ; reducing the application of artificial fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides; and the need for water-efficient gardening and compost techniques.
- Promoting food security for urban residents as defined by the Ontario Public Health Association as economic access to food, nutrition and ecological sustainability.
- Mobilizing residents to work for community development.
- Providing therapeutic and educational gardening opportunities for local institutions.
The Steering Committee consists of seven (7) members, and have the general responsibility to manage and control the affairs and property of all the BUGs Garden. The Steering Committee has full power, by majority vote, to adopt rules and regulations governing its basic purpose and mandate.