Tag-Archive for ◊ urban agriculture ◊

• 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/

• Sunday, September 11th, 2011

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Source: The Urban Farming Guys

• 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.

• Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Filmmakers Donna Read and Starhawk will be at the screening of the film Permaculture: The Growing Edge on June 22 at the Crowley Arts Centre, 5325 Crowley Ave. It is a fundraiser to celebrate the NDG Food Depot’s 25th anniversary. Tickets are $20 and available only at the door.

Starhawk is doing a two-week workshop on permaculture called Earth Activist Training in Audet, Que., from June 25 to July 9. For more information, go to www.earthactivisttraining.org

Source: Montreal Gazette

Beyond agriculture, permaculture is also a way of dealing with environmental and social problems, Starhawk said.

The film documents an oil-spill cleanup that used human hair to absorb the oil, which then became a planting medium to grow oyster mushrooms that convert the oil to sugar for their growth – a way to dispose of toxic waste without creating any waste products.

Permaculture can be an answer to problems like climate change, Starhawk said. Farms can sequester excess carbon dioxide in the soil, reducing the amount in the atmosphere, which leads to climate change, while urban agriculture reduces the amount of fossil fuels needed to produce food on a large-scale and transport it to cities, she said.

Putting solutions in place doesn’t have to be grim and awful, it’s joyful and fun and it actually enriches your life,” she said. “It’s joyful, wonderful work to plant things and tend plants and it builds community at the same time when you’re gardening together.”

• Saturday, April 09th, 2011

Concordia City Farm School’s Speaker Series (April 11th and 18th) sets the stage for the week-long urban agriculture school that will be taking place from Tuesday April 26th until Saturday April 30. It will introduce the theoretical and political roots of the methodology and subject of the practical training. Lectures are open to the public and provide both a contextual base for students participating in the training, as well as the opportunity for all facets of the Concordia-Montreal community to better understand the circumstance which has inspired the integrated approach of the City Farm School.

The Speaker Series will launch the 2011 City Farm School……. and you are invited!

April 11 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Devlin Kuyek – Global food crisis: Where the corporate food system is taking us -
Ismael Hautecoeur -  A green way to reclaim the city: The evolution of urban agriculture in Montreal

April 18 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Rhonda Teitel-Payne – Urban agriculture: can it address food security issues and urban poverty? -

Location: RM H765, 1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W., Montreal

We are located on the north-west corner of Concordia’s Hall Building, 1455 de Maisonneuve West. To get here, go to the 12th floor and follow the signs to stairwell # 1285 (turn left, right, left from the elevator or right, left from the escalator) and go up!

Ruby Jean Van Vliet
Communications Coordinator
Concordia Greenhouse
514.848-2424 ext.5134

Please see the website for more information: http://www.concordiagreenhousecityfarmschool.com/

• Monday, March 14th, 2011

March 16th at Smith house from 5h30 to 7h30 pm.

Agriculture on the mountain was important until the beginning of the 19th century. The Smith house in the park was in the center of a farm property when it was built in 1858. Today, a new interest from Montrealers for urban agriculture had lead to original projects around the city. Come to this special forum to learn about it.

1- Take a piece of nature home with you! 5:30- 6 :45PM
Interested in gardening? Never had the space? McGill Nursing Students are pleased to present a workshop to teach you the benefits of urban gardening and how to build your own urban garden on a rooftop, balcony or inside your home.

2-Exploring urban agriculture in new ways. 6:45- 7:30 pm
Ecological and sustainable urban agriculture production (P.A.U.S.E.). An initiative of multi-fieds students from university of Montreal to put in places an agriculture project on the mountain campus regarding: honey and mushroom production, container production, composting, research and education about urban gardening.

Registration: tieghan.killackey@mail.mcgill.ca

• Friday, October 29th, 2010
Lufa rooftop gardens

Architect's rendering of Lufa rooftop gardens

Now, this is progress!

Again, Montreal leads the world in sustainable solutions. Other worldwide firsts include CommunAuto car sharing and Bixi bicycle sharing.

Growing veggies in a population-dense, urban area, year-round is a great idea and should especially appeal to the many “foodies” in the city who are particular about their greens.

Source: Montreal Gazette

If all goes well, urban locavores will have a year-round source of non-GMO, pesticide-and-herbicide-free produce by early 2011.

Lufa Farms, a Montreal company, plans to unveil the world’s first commercial-scale rooftop greenhouse atop of a two-storey office building near Marche Centrale.

The nearly $2-million, 31,000 square-foot project should be completed before the end of the year and is expected to be ready for planting in January.

But it won’t be alone in its field for long. New York Citybased Gotham Greens intends to open a 15,000 square-foot rooftop greenhouse in Brooklyn in 2011.

Lufa Farms co-founder Kurt Lynn said the company wants to shorten the distance between the people who grow food and the people who buy it. He said some of the produce found in Quebec supermarkets travels more than 1,500 kilometres after being harvested.

“In our view, that is the cause of most of the problems with food today,” he said, consumers are often limited to vegetables and fruits that can withstand weeks of travel and processing without spoiling.

“You end up with tomatoes that don’t taste like tomatoes.”

Lynn said that because his firm intends to ship produce within 24 hours of harvesting, he has the option of selecting more fragile -and often tastier -varieties of produce.

To that end, Lufa Farms has been working with McGill University plant science and nutrition professors to help choose the tastiest and most nutritious strains to plant.

The produce will not be certified organic, but it will be pesticide and herbicide-free and it will not be genetically modified, Lynn said.

He said the firm will use hydroponic farming techniques to create an optimal growing environment.

“You give (the plants) what they want -and they love it,” he said, explaining that a tomato plant in the greenhouse could reach 12 to 15 feet in height.

Targeted customers are the general public and restaurants.

Customers will be able to buy produce “baskets” on the company’s website, which will be delivered to group drop off points or will be available for pickup. (Farms that participate in Quebec’s popular Equiterre program also use a basket delivery system.)

Owen Rose, head of the board of Montreal’s Urban Ecology Centre -an organization that promotes green roofs -said “the idea is great.”

Rose said a rooftop greenhouse accomplishes many things -the promotion of urban agriculture, the provision of food security and it is good for the local economy. Moreover, it puts “green and leafy vegetables in the forefront” making them “even trendy” and encourages people to be aware of and to eat vegetables.

He said the greenhouse could be a good marketing tool for Montreal restaurant owners trying to demonstrate local responsibility. They could promote certain dishes as having “grown in Montreal” ingredients.

• 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.

• Sunday, February 07th, 2010

Weekend Seed Fair in Montreal

10th Annual Seedy Weekend Seed Fair in Montreal at the Montreal Botanical Gardens

This event aims to promote seeds of the open-pollinated variety which have been grown locally and sustainably.

Please note this year’s changes outlined below as there have been quite a few. You can contact Action Communiterre for a more in-depth interview at animation@actioncommuniterre.qc.ca

This year’s seedy weekend will take place over two days, Saturday, February 13th and Sunday, February 14th 2010 in order to accommodate the public’s growing interest in this event. For that same reason, the layout of the room will also be modified to allow for greater circulation. The fair will run from 10 :00am to 4 :30pm. Access is free, but a voluntary donation would be greatly appreciated, as the event is organized as a fundraising opportunity for Action Communiterre (a non-profit, community organization that sponsors collective gardening and works on issues related to urban agriculture and food security) and les Amis du Jardin Botanique de Montréal, who’s mission is to support the Botanical Gardens and it’s cultural, educative and scientific development. There are however fees for parking at the Botanical Gardens.

There will also be a snack kiosk in one of the adjacent rooms catered by Au Pois Chique, a non-profit organization taking care of a local ‘meals on wheels’.

Location :
Montreal Botanical Gardens
Pavillon d’accueil
4101 Sherbrooke Street East, Montreal

To get there: The parking lot entrance of the Botanical Garden is located on Sherbrooke Street, between Pie IX and Viau. The Botanical Gardens is also accessible by metro, Pie IX station
Important notice: The parking lot now has parking meters. The cost is $10, payable by coin, or by credit card