Tag-Archive for ◊ Community Gardens ◊

• Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Source: BioEverything

We could have a heaven on Earth, but what have we got? You’ve got to lock all your doors, all the time. Build something and you don’t know if somebody’s going to tear it down. Go to sleep thinking you’ve done everything you can for your loved ones, and you wake up realizing life’s thrown you another curve ball in the form of unexpected problems. Work your fingers to the bone, and what do you get? Boney fingers.

Why is this all happening to us – the economy tanking, the crops dying in the fields, extreme weather events? Could it have something to do with the fact that humanity, and we as a country, have gotten a little lazy about helping our neighbors? Or gotten a little greedy about the world’s resources? You have to at least admit we each ourselves haven’t always been completely loving. So why would we be surprised when other people and even nature smacks US around?

The fact is the Earth as a whole is profoundly disturbed, and we’re going to have to make peace if we hope to survive. We have to quit making money doing destructive things, such as war over resources rather than self-defense. We need to quit trying to beat nature into submission by e.g. mowing lawns, and nurture ALL plants to grow to soak up the carbon dioxide. We have to quit making and selling poison processed “food” to each other, and quit telling poisonous half-truths to each other to justify the destructive things we are doing.

So you have to say to yourself: What is really important? That reminds me of another thing my mother used to say – “Share and share alike.”

For the most part our community gardening experiences have been a joy. We worked hard to build things, sweated working together, slept well knowing we did our best, and enjoyed that legal high you get when you do something out of love. But we have much more to do. For myself, neighbors are welcome to any food I grow, as long as somebody eats it. Unfortunately, some harvesters don’t know when to harvest, and so have picked cantaloupe, peaches, and pumpkins before they were ready. And children have been having food fights with tomatoes. It feels overwhelming sometimes to me that we as a society have become so disconnected with our own world that we don’t get it, for instance, that tomato plants growing in the dirt (fed by manures, composts, rotting dead plants and animals) are what goes into making pizza, spaghetti, tomato sauce, catsup, chili, etc.

Our roots are in the Earth. Every one of us. We need to eat. And we won’t eat if we don’t work together to grow food, which is not a given in this time of great change.

I recommend a book called City Farmer: Adventures in Urban Food Growing, by Lorraine Johnson. The hunger drama being played out here in Hazelwood, in which people of all income levels suffer for lack of healthy food (not knowing about nutrition and food growing), is being played out all over North America, and all over the world for that matter. This book chronicles radical efforts – from guerrilla gardeners planting places they don’t own to edible weed activists opening peoples’ eyes about unrecognized healthy food growing all around us – to regenerate our tattered web of life.

Rather than reacting to higher food prices in fear by being ever more cutthroat in dealing with our neighbors and environment, the only successful way to make healthy food accessible for all is for all the different kinds of people to try to be good neighbors to all the other living things – plants and animals and microbes – which are the source of our food.

The attitude of taking from other people and nature without giving has got to stop – or else.

• Friday, June 01st, 2012

Source: The NDG Free Press

Action Communiterre members are promoting an upcoming NDG-based public consultation on urban agriculture as a citywide effort to integrate more community gardening space into the landscape continues to build steam…

The public consultation will be hosted on June 14 at the St. Raymond Community Centre (5600 Upper Lachine) from 7 to 10 pm. The consultation process was born from more than 25,000 signatures demanding a public consultation process be hosted by the city of Montreal, as more and more city dwellers turn their rooftops, backyards and public spaces into gardens.

“What we want to do, is have as many people as possible participate,” said Girard. “It’s a citizen initiative and the more people submit, the more they will take this initiative seriously. This is a call-out to the whole population so we can have, for example, edible landscapes, parks with more food growing, native plants to help bees, more bio-diversity and more land dedicated to urban agriculture.”

Gardening, said Girard, isn’t only about the food. It’s about a connection to soil, to nature and to each other and it’s important to localize food. Gardening, she concluded, is therapeutic and “good for the soul.”

For more information, visit: Actioncommuniterre.qc.ca

For more information on public consultation meetings: http://www.ocpm.qc.ca/agricultureurbaine

• Monday, October 03rd, 2011

Urban agricultureIf local governments can’t support urban agriculture, then they need to get out of the way of these community gardens.

Source: Montreal Gazette

There are chickens laying eggs at community centres, volunteer gardeners sharing the work and the harvest in 45 collective gardens across the city, and vegetables growing on top of the Palais des congrès convention centre.

But the blossoming urban agriculture movement is running into municipal roadblocks, say proponents pushing city hall to consult the public about the future of farming in Montreal.

Existing city bylaws make it difficult for people who want to practise urban agriculture to get started. They forbid livestock within Montreal city limits, except for in very limited cases in Rosemont-La Petite Patrie where community groups can get permission to have chickens for educational purposes. People aren’t allowed to dig up their driveways to plant vegetables. Farmers delivering produce for community-supported agriculture projects try to stay on the good side of residents living around their drop-off points to avoid traffic complaints being made to the city. Even people who want to compost in their backyards have gotten into trouble with neighbours complaining to city officials that their compost piles are too smelly…

Montreal has no policy on urban agriculture, although it is included in the city’s sustainable-development plan as a way to help green the city and reduce heat-island effect between now and 2015, said city spokesperson Martine Painchaud.

To get more information about the Groupe de travail en agriculture urbaine petition, go to http://eng.agriculturemontreal.info/

• Saturday, September 03rd, 2011

Source: Montreal Work Group on Urban Agriculture

Many obstacles are slowing the development of urban agriculture in Montreal, including:

  • Pressure on land occupancy and use due to real estate development projects;
  • The presence of contaminants in certain soils;
  • The sub-optimal financing of initiatives and the absence of strategies in favor of urban agriculture;
  • The lack of availability of plots in community gardens in central neighborhoods.

In order to contribute to creating a green city, the Work Group on Urban Agriculture proposes a collective mobilization to demand a public consultation on the state of urban agriculture in Montreal.

The Work Group on Urban Agriculture invites all citizens to sign a petition which will support a public consultation on Urban Agriculture in Montreal. The petition must be signed by November 8, 2011. There are many locations around the island of Montreal to sign the petition. Find the location nearest you (n.b. The petition may be signed in NDG at Coop la Maison Verte – 5785, Sherbrooke street West).

If 15,000 Montrealers support this action within less than three months, the City of Montreal will be required to hold such a consultation.

Visit the Work Group’s website for more information or Join the Facebook group.

• Friday, March 18th, 2011
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• Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

This event looks to be in French only.

urban agriculture conference

Presented by Toad in collaboration with the Regional Conference Elected officials, the City of Montreal and the Faculty of Sciences and the Institute of Environmental Sciences at UQAM.

WHEN: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 in the Grand Hall at 200 Rue Sherbrooke O;
- 5PM Opening Reception – free entry
- On the menu: wine, appetizers and games
- 6:30 p.m. Opening Conference – Free entrance – heart of the Amphitheatre Science UQAM
More info: http://www.coeurdessciences.uqam.ca/acces.html


  • Towards green cities and nurturing: Prospects and elsewhere
  • Patron of the event in Earth City

* Louise Vandelac (sociologist, professor, activist) *
* Vikram Batt (McGill University) *
* Christopher Bryant (University of Montreal) *
* Eric Duchemin (University of Quebec at Montreal) *
* Moderator: Anne-Marie Legault (project manager at the Regional Conference the Chosen) *

This conference will gain an overview on the practice of Urban Agriculture in Montreal and around the world. Gardening class programs to community gardens, through the agricultural enterprises, institutional and home gardening, this presentation will report on the multifunctionality of agriculture in urban areas while considering the constraints and opportunities that are offered today to transform our cities and towns towards a green future.

Guest speakers will help us understand the magnitude and theoretical understanding of this growing movement here in Montrealand elsewhere.

• Friday, March 19th, 2010

Community GardensThis is a great opportunity to get your hands in the dirt this summer, eat delicious fresh veggies grown right in NDG and be part of a great community!

Source: Action Communiterre

  • Join a collective garden in your neighbourhood.
  • Bring fresh vegetables home to your family.
  • Meet other people who share the same interests.

To register, come to one of these meetings:
Thursday April 1st at 6pm
Wednesday April 7th at 6pm
Monday April 12th at 6pm
Tuesday April 20th at 6pm

6244 Sherbrooke West
More Info :
or 514-484-0223


  • Jardiner en groupe au jardin près de chez vous.
  • Ramener des légumes frais pour votre famille.
  • Rencontrer d’autres personnes qui aiment la même chose.

Venez vous inscrire :
Jeudi 1er avril à 18h
Mercredi 7 avril à 18h
Lundi 12 avril à 18h
Mardi 20 avril à 18h

6244 Sherbrooke Ouest
Info :
ou 514-484-0223