Park Oven Community Garden Compost Sale

A fact we’d like more people to know about is that we also organize a community garden and orchard within the Leighton Dillman Park at the  Dartmouth Commons. Indeed, for many years before the Park Oven was even an idea, some of our founding members helped to organize the community plots near the scenic gardens area of the commons. Both of these initiatives tie in beautifully with our mantra of Grow, Cook & Eat Together.

Compost Sale

We are happy to announce that will be selling compost for $3 per 5 US gal bucket. Buckets will be on hand for measuring but please bring your own bucket/bags if you are taking the compost off-site.

Whether you are one of our community garden plot holders looking to avoid lifting and transporting compost to the Dartmouth Commons or you just want to purchase in bulk and avoid all the plastic bags, this is a great opportunity to acquire some compost and help support us.

Get Involved

We are looking for some help to spread compost in the orchard on that day as well. Also, we would really appreciate the temporary loan of any wheelbarrows as we have lots of shovels and rakes but only one wheelbarrow. Come pitch in for a few minutes, or a few hours – many hands make light work! The park oven will be fired up, should you wish to bring some food to cook to re-energize.


Date: Saturday, May 20th, 9am-3pm
Location: Dartmouth Commons (Near the Park Avenue/King Street entrance)

Together, we can do so much more

Have you been looking for a great way to give back to your community or to make a difference to the people around you? Are looking to develop new skills or build upon existing experience? (Or maybe you just love pizza and helping out!)

We will be hosting volunteer training and orientation sessions in May. Please see for details.

Every year the Park Avenue Community Oven hosts dozens of “Open Ovens” and other events in the Dartmouth Common. We also have a community garden and orchard that require care and attention. These initiatives require a lot of time and effort from our dedicated and skillful volunteers – after all, we are 100% volunteer run!

Our mission is to provide an inclusive venue for community gatherings and events centered on food education and enjoyment. We strive to:

  • Maintain and improve the park oven, garden, and orchard
  • Host events for community members
  • Share resources and knowledge
  • Increase accessibility to fruits and vegetables

With more volunteers, we could do so much more!

Volunteer Details:

  • May 2017 to Nov 2017
  • Training and orientation provided

We currently have three projects you can become involved with:

  • Park Oven
  • Community Garden
  • Community Orchard

No specific skills or experience are required, however, we could use some help in the following areas:

  • Oven – fire lighters and hosts
  • Orchard – Planting, pruning and other upkeep
  • Handywork (general repairs, upkeep etc.)
  • Web/Graphic design
  • Accounting
  • Grant applications
  • Community garden coordinator
  • Organizers/Board members

You can get as involved as much or as little as works for you. When you join our team, you will not only benefit by the opportunity to give back to the community, but we will also invite you to our season ending Volunteer’s Taco Party in the Park! And if that wasn’t great enough, for each time you volunteer you are entitled to a free booking of the Park Oven for you and your friends too!

We will be hosting volunteer training and orientation sessions in May. Please see for details.