Now Accepting Winter Semester Internship Applications!

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LOYC 420: Internship in Sustainability 
(Three Positions)
The Concordia Greenhouse Project is looking for undergraduate students interested in taking the Internship in Sustainability credit LOYC 420 with us this Fall. 
This position would assist with food production in the greenhouse over the Winter months. The internship requires 120 hours to be completed between Wednesday, January 6th and Tuesday, April 12th and includes assistance with planting, harvesting, pest control, and fertilizing (using organic growing practices), as well as with packaging and deliveries of produce. Experience working with plants an asset. 
Farmers Market Coordinator
LOYC 420: Internship in Sustainability 
(One position)
The Concordia Greenhouse Project is looking for an undergraduate students interested in taking the Internship in Sustainability credit LOYC 420 with us this Fall. This position would be primarily managing the farmers market stall during the Fall months. The internship requires 120 hours to be completed between January 6th and April 12th 2016 and includes managing the market stall, as well as, lending a hand in the plant production process. Experience in retail, local food marketing and working with plants an asset. 
If you are interested for either position, please send your CV and cover letter to Andrew Alford at by November 27th, 2015. 
Note: These internships can be in conjunction with other internship programs (with department approval).
Media and Outreach
Available for credit through Coms394
(One position)
The Concordia Greenhouse is looking for a Concordia student intern in the Communications or Sustainability minor program for an intern-ship starting this December/January.
Tasks include: 
-Creation of weekly newsletter
-Graphic design: Signs, posters, brochures
-Social media 
-Outreach such as tabling at information kiosks on and off campus
-Assist with social events
– 8-10 hours weekly
Contact Sheena Swirlz at for information or to send your CV.
Deadline to apply: Dec 11th

Upcoming Events at the Greenhouse!

Workshop: Composting


Tuesday, November 24th, 5:30-7pm

We invite Compost Montréal, one of Montreal`s premier large-scale composting organization to offer an informative composting workshop within the Concordia greenhouse. 

2015 has been proclaimed the International year of Soils by the United Nations and this workshop will leave you with the knowledge to help the soils by composting at home, whether it be in your yard or with worms. 

You will get to know what is going on when you compost and why it is so important. 

Compost Montréal’s staff will share with you their experience of composting in a backyard and inside an apartment, no balcony needed! 

$5-$10 sliding scale

Limited space – 25 spots available – First come, first served

Concordia Write Night


Thursday, November 26th, 5-7pm

Concordia student run creative writing session.

Workshop: DIY Planters Self Watering & Hanging Macrame


Monday, November 30th, 5:30-7:30pm

*This event is now full!*

Join us for a creative night of creating your own unique and functional planters for your apartment or to give as a handmade gift!

You can choose between either project, or do one of each during the workshop. We will split into two group afters discussing a variety of DIY planter projects.


Learn how to cut glass bottles without a glass cutter! We will be creating glass bottle self-watering planters (as depicted above.)


Create custom macrame string planters to maximize your vertical growing space and fill your window up with cute plants! 

$5 per project

We will have plants for sale for your planters, $3 each!

Workshop: House Plant Propagation 


Tuesday, September 8th, 5:30-630pm

Did you know that wee produce all of our own house plants here at the Concordia Greenhouse?

Come learn the basics of house plant propagation – producing more plants from your current ones! 

We’ll talk about various plant production methods such as stem cuttings, planting offsets, root division and many others; as well as a small discussion on equipment that will make propagation easier such as lighting and heating. 

You’ll even get to pot your own plant and bring it home! 

Space is limited to sign up early  – 15 spaces.

We Welcome Our 2015-16 Board of Directors!

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Thank you to everyone who participated in our 2015 AGM!

Special thanks to our Board of Directors – Shylah, William, Tristan and Angie as well as the Greenhouse collective for organizing everything!

Please welcome our 2015-16 Board of Directors

Concordia Undergraduate Students

Emily Thimble

Angisel Kiermaier

Ryan Patton

Myrah Graham

Leah Peck

Community Members

Paula Kim

Ev Daoust

Tristan Khaner

Nicole Ebert

Thank you to everyone who applied! We encourage you to get involved with the Greenhouse in other ways if you were not elected through our internships, volunteer sessions or just by enjoying the space!

You can view our 2014-15_AnnualReport here

Vote in Our Board of Directors – November 18th!

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Hey Concordia Greenhouse members!

Our Annual General Meeting is coming up this Wednesday, November 18th from 6-8pm and we need you to vote in our new Board of Directors! Check out their applications below to learn more about this year`s applicants!

Here is the 2015 AGM Agenda as well as the 2014-2015 Annual Report.

You can view the 2014 AGM Minutes here.

You can view our Greenhouse Constitution here.

2015-2016 Board of Directors Applicants for the Concordia Greenhouse

Emily Trimble

I am currently in my third year as an undergraduate with a major in Urban Planning and a minor in Sustainability. I have been interning for the greenhouse since this September as a Four Season Grower. Throughout my studies I have become very interested in urban agriculture and food security and this intern position has taught me so much about the way a greenhouse functions and the processes behind a non-profit organization. I would be interested in contributing to and helping achieve the greenhouse vision to strengthen urban agriculture at Concordia University and to personally learn more about the ways in which the Board of Directors shape this organization. I feel I can contribute greatly to the Board of Directors with my current knowledge of the greenhouse, my hard work ethic, and my excellent communication skills.

Myrah Graham

I’m an Environmental Geography major with an eco-friendly mindset. For me, working with the Concordia Greenhouse is a chance to share and expand on sustainable practices in an urban setting. Working as a member would be a great chance to help show communities the many possibilities for environmental responsibility within a city. Recent work included the following: Marine Conservation in Cambodia (diving, beach cleaning, coral reconstruction and data collection), Earthship Building Course in Brighton, England, WOOFing in New Zealand and India, Animal care in New Zealand, Volunteering in removed communities in Myanmar, Earthquake Relief Aid Worker in Nepal.

Melanie Proulx

I am in my final year at Concordia, completing a joint-specialization of English and History with a minor in professional writing.  I am also currently in the process of applying to grad school to pursue a Masters in English literature.  During my undergraduate studies I spent a lot of time volunteering and delving deep into the world of books and literature.  I was vice president of external affairs for the Concordia Association for Students in English (CASE.)I would be a great addition to the Concordia Greenhouse Board of Directors as I am responsible, organized, a team player, perfectly bilingual (English and French), and I have experience being in positions of leadership.  My most defining characteristics however, are probably my determination and high standards.

Ryan Patton

I am a student pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Management. Campus Potager has given me an opportunity to share the knowledge I have obtained from gardening, while also teaching me a great deal. As a Management student with a keen interest in agriculture, I believe that I would be an appropriate choice to sit on the Greenhouse’s board. My undergraduate studies give me a business background, and my interests, a sustainable perspective. I would like to put these two aspects to work, keeping in line with the organization’s mission and vision. My membership in the newly formed Food Hub also connects me to all sustainable food initiatives on campus, which could offer strong networking opportunities for the Greenhouse.

Leah Peck

I am presently a full-time double major Concordia University student in Geography and Community, Public Affairs, and Policy Studies. Before having switched my concentration, I spent two years in the Honours Psychology program at Concordia University. As a student of in the School of Community and Public Affairs, I am not only highly invested in issues related to policy formation, but have also both an academic and personal appreciation for the inherent value of grassroots initiatives such as the Concordia Greenhouse. I am an ASSE delegate for the School of Community and Public Affairs. Through this role, I am responsible for effectively communicating my department’s desires to the Association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante, and vice versa. This position has offered me the opportunity to practice diplomacy, networking, as well as to observe union decision-making processes and policy formation.

Vanessa Vanesse

I am currently a student at the School of Community and Public Affairs,and I am completing my last year. What I am more appreciative to this program is the diversity of ideals and opinions people bring intothis school with them. I have been challenged by those people days after days, and this have made me grownso much. I have discovered that food injustice and sustainability issues are growing interests for me, as well as animal rights and cruelty. I have an internship planned after holidays with Santropol Roulant, and I feel I could reflect my learning with them to the greenhouse and vice versa. I love working on a team and am already ready to jump on board!

Paula Kim

I also attended Concordia University and am proud alumnus. I have a BA in Cultural Anthropology and a graduate diploma in Journalism all from Concordia. I joined Action Communiterre where as a collective we chose what to grow; we grew it using ecological practices and shared in the harvest. I have been an active member for about three years. I was also the only regular volunteer at the Concordia Seed Sharing project at the Loyola Campus all last year when we had to build the garden. I was responsible for sustaining it when the coordinator was absent for a few weeks. I also worked with Incredible Edibles on a community initiative growing organic food accessible to the public. I continued volunteering at Eco-quartier NDG throughout with the community composting and greening NDG’s city streets. Presently, I work for Lufa Farms in Montreal, the first commercial ecological greenhouse in North America.

Ev Daoust

Through doing City Farm School two years ago, attending events in the greenhouse and partnering with CFS to plant garlic for the hive free lunch program, I have seen the impact of the Concordia Greenhouse on student and community life. I am invested in anti-oppression, food security and sovereignty, social justice, and food preservation and preparation. As a chef who loves to learn to grow veggies, I love and deal with all aspects of vegetables, from seed, to growth, to mouth.

Tristan Khaner

I am a current Concordia employee working with the people-side of significant changes, a Concordia graduate with a masters in Human Systems Intervention (the psychology and sociology of how people work together.) I am seeking to renew my membership on the Concordia Greenhouse Board. As the Treasurer for the last term, I have a good sense of how the Greenhouse works, of the challenges we face, and of some exciting opportunities we can take hold of in the upcoming year. My focus for the upcoming term would be to help the Collective develop a longer term view of how the organization is developing, and where we want to grow. Partnering with different organizations, looking at renovations and improvements to the infrastructure, and solidifying the organization are all important in service of supporting the vibrant, exciting, and community-minded organization we have built.

Homa Khairi

I am currently doing a major in Community, Public Affairs and Policy and a minor in Sustainability. I  volunteer for People’s Potato here at Concordia. I still go there to help in the kitchen or serving. Moreover, I attended various workshop and also did some volunteering work for the Greenhouse. I have a very strong team work skill since I take part in a lot of discussions and meetings. I believe that every person is creative and has something to bring in an organisation. I am grateful to currently work at the Co-op Burritoville. It is an honor to be surrounded by people that believes in alternatives and have the courage to challenge our current capitalist system. I believe that a horizontal way of managing builds stronger communities and develop a sense of belonging for people. It is time to change our system and build alternatives to prove that there are other ways to live in this beautiful world.

Angisel Kiermaier

I’m an undergraduate Concordia student, and I’ve been working with the Greenhouse in some capacity for the last three years, namely by being on the board for the two years. Outside of the Greenhouse, I’ve collaborated with other community-focused organizations, such as People’s Potato and the Loyola Luncheon. My studies are on applied human relations, and in community and public affairs.
I wish to participate on the Greenhouse board for one more year, contributing to maintaining organizational memory and facilitating the work our Collective puts forth into efforts around urban agriculture and community.

Annual General Meeting and Board of Directors Call Out!


Call for submissions: Concordia Greenhouse Board of Directors 2015-2016

We will be hosting our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday November 18th and will be selecting new Board Members for the following year.

Being a member of the Board of Directors (BoD) is an excellent way to be more involved in the shaping of the Greenhouse activities and gain valuable experience working and collaborating within a non-profit organization!

What does the Concordia Greenhouse do?

The Concordia Greenhouse’s mission is to provide a year-round, all organic green space that fosters community, provides experiential learning opportunities and grows healthy stuff. It is a collectively run, consensus-based, non-profit organization situated in the Henry H. Hall Building rooftop greenhouse. This green space hosts workshops, projects and events raising awareness around food issues and alternatives to mainstream consumerism. We aspire to strengthen the urban agriculture movement at Concordia University and in Montreal by growing local produce using ecological practices, providing experiential learning opportunities through volunteering, internships and jobs, and networking with other like-minded individuals and organizations.
Volunteering for a board position means you will be responsible for working with the other board members and the collective to make some high-level decisions about finances, governance, policy and future projects. Board members help guide and maintain the vision of the organization by supporting staff members while they fulfill the day to day operations and providing structure and perspective to the larger function.What’s required of you?

Time commitments can vary, and are mostly dependent on events and your own personal capacity.
The initial orientation phase requires all new board members to attend a 8 hour Integration session (to be held in January at the beginning of your term).

In general otherwise, you can expect to contribute between 5 and 10 hours per month on basic Board member duties.
There always more opportunities to contribute in the form of outreach, volunteering, special projects and committees to further benefit the Greenhouse, as well!

What is the process of becoming a Concordia Greenhouse Board member?

1. Individuals contact the Concordia Greenhouse before November 18th, 2015 and submit their application along with any questions you may have. [See below]
2. It will be posted on the Concordia Greenhouse website and attached to the newsletter. Please make sure your statement contains only information that you are comfortable to share publicly.
3. The current Concordia Greenhouse board members will review the applications, and will contact you to confirm your candidacy and invite you to speak at the Annual General Meeting (AGM), and at that time answer questions you may have about your potential involvement.
4. Successful candidates must attend the Concordia Greenhouse’s AGM on Wednesday November 18, 2015 from 6-8pm, where they will be asked to briefly present themselves in 1 minute or less.
5. The Concordia Greenhouse’s membership elects new board members at the AGM.


Jar Swap!

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Tuesday, October 20th from 5-6:30pm
Greenhouse Atrium
Join us for a DELICIOUS winter warming event this October!
Bring 3-12 jars of food to swap for an equal amount of food!
We will begin with a short information session on Winter Warming Foods, share some food (optional potluck) and finish up by swapping our food jars! You can save money and time, while enjoying a variety of meals!
Prepare your food the week in advance!
Contact us for more info

Workshop: Food Justice


Wednesday, October 21st from 5:30-7pm
Concordia Greenhouse – 13th Floor, Hall Building 
We welcome Shona Watt from Le TinyHomestead for an interactive presentation and discussion on food justice issues.
What are some of the ethical questions that surround what we eat on a daily basis?
We’ll talk about some of the many ways that racism, sexism, classism, and accessibility shape the gap between who grows “healthy” food and who gets to eat it.
The discussion will also focus on how we can incorporate food justice into how we garden, eat, and advocate.
Free – donation accepted.

Concordia Community Tabling Fair


Thursday, October 22st from 11am-4pm
JMSB Atrium

Join us for a day of information tables showcasing the various helpful fee-levy groups on campus! Learn more about how you can save money and gain resources with the support of these inspiring initiatives!

Demonstration Balcony Garden


Monday, October 26th from 5pm-6:30pm
Greenhouse Atrium

This project offers a demo balcony garden within the Greenhouse atrium with inspirational, inexpensive growing systems, inforgraphics, an online resource on balcony gardening in Montreal and volunteer working sessions to get involved!

During this fall working sessions we will be:
*Installing growing lights
*Planting potatoes
*Planting herbs
*Brainstorming projects for the fall and winter semesters

Free – Open to community and students alike.

Workshop: Mushroom Cultivation


Tuesday, October 27th from 5:30pm-7:30pm
Greenhouse Atrium
You will be informed about the DIY practices making it possible to start a mushroom culture from a grocery bought or wild collected mushroom. Propagation (multiplication) of a pure mycelial culture or mushroom growing kit will also be covered in words and in actions.
The active part of the workshop will concentrate around the upcycling of spent coffee ground and cardboard of the surroundings into oyster mushroom growing kits. Each participant will be invited to bring one or more back home so that mycelium can be cultivated and propagated for ever and ever more.Various mycelial environmental and gardening interventions will also be discuss with hope of facilitating new connection between mushroom enthusiasts and fruiting bodies of locally rooted initiatives.

$30 – first 30 to arrive will be admitted.

Annual Halloween Greenhouse Party!


Thursday October 29th from 7-10:30pm
Concordia Greenhouse – 13th Floor, Hall Building 
It`s time for another zombie apocalypse in the Greenhouse! We`ve buried the bad students under the plants, but under the Halloween moon they will rise…. AND THEY WANT TO DANCE!
We`ll be starting off with a haunting band at 7pm – The Dusty Faces!
Then we`ll be switching to an electro-swing dance party, mixed with some spooky grooves for the rest of the night.
Free! Invite your friends!


Hey Folks!
Our Four Seasons Growing Volunteer Session on Monday, October 19th will be cancelled! 
Workshop: DIY Plant Hanger

Tuesday, October 6th, from 5-7pm

Join us to make your own Macrame Plant Hanger!
Come learn a new technique, meet some fibre folk and create a cozy home for your plant :)

RSVP only, up to 25 attendees

Workshop: Natural Plant Dyes
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Tuesday, October 13th from 5:30-7pm
Let’s talk botanical dyes!
Come learn how to make your own natural dyes from treasures harvested from your garden, scavenged from the commons/urban wild spaces, or even recuperated from your food scraps!
We will talk recipes and natural dye fixers and make some dyes together in the Concordia Greenhouse.Participants will be provided with some natural spun wool or roving to test out the process!
Suggested donation of $5-10

Clothing Swap!


Wednesday, October 14th from 5:30-7pm

Bring clean and undamaged clothing, shoes and accessories to swap something new to you.

Style: Get-what-you-give! Bring a bag of clothing, and take up to an equal amount of what your brought to swap!


We need volunteers! Please message us to find out how you can help.

Our mission is to provide a welcoming, organic green space that fosters community by providing experiential learning opportunities within a year-round growing environment.


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