Greenhouse MURAL Contest!

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The Concordia Greenhouse is pleased to announce a mural painting contest for the stairwell leading up to the Greenhouse! Help us beautify our space with your plant themed creative designs!
Space #1: Entrance to the Greenhouse
Dimensions: 215cm x 225 cm
Space #2: Large Wall on Stairwell Landing
Dimensions: 225cm x 330 cm
Space #3: Direction Arrow
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Dimensions: 90cm x 90cm
Individuals or Groups can apply! Current Concordia students only.
Prize: $500 plus materials paid for!
Please submit your concept design(s) to info@concordiagreenhouse.com
DEADLINE: Submit sketches or digital images of your proposed designs for each space by December 9th.
Mural must be completed by January 15th, 2017.
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Internships at the Greenhouse!

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Hey Greenhouse fans!
Looking to gain some experience? We are hiring for 3 internships! You can do it for course credit or for your co-curricular record.
Applications are now open. Full details below.
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LOYC 420: Internship in Sustainability
Four Seasons Growing Internships (3 positions)
 
The Concordia Greenhouse Project is looking for undergraduate students interested in taking the Internship in Sustainability credit LOYC 420 with us this Winter. This position would assist with food production in the greenhouse over the Winter months. The internship requires 120 hours – to be completed between Monday, January 9th and Thursday, April 13th 2017 -and includes assisting with planting, harvesting, pest control, and fertilizing (using organic growing practices), as well as with packaging and deliveries of produce. This internship will build students’ experience with small business planning, food security and ecological growing methods. Experience working with plants an asset. If you are interested please send your CV and cover letter to Andrew Alford at fourseasonsgrowing@concordiagreenhouse.com by Monday, November 28th, 2016.
 
Please contact Dr. Rebecca Tittler (rebecca.tittler@concordia.ca) for enrollment details.
Note: This internship can be in conjunction with other internship programs (with department approval).
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LOYC 420: Internship in Sustainability
Farmers Market Stall Coordinator (1 position)
The Concordia Greenhouse Project is looking for an undergraduate students interested in taking the Internship in Sustainability credit LOYC 420 with us this Winter. This position would be primarily managing the Concordia Greenhouse’s farmers market stall during the Fall months. The internship requires 120 hours to be completed between Monday, January 9th and Thursday, April 13th 2017 and includes managing the market stall, as well as, lending a hand in the plant production process. This internship will build students’ experience with small business planning, local food marketing, food security and ecological growing methods. Interest in local food systems is an asset. If you are interested please send your CV and cover letter to Andrew Alford at fourseasonsgrowing@concordiagreenhouse.com by Monday, November 28th, 2016.
 
Please contact Dr. Rebecca Tittler (rebecca.tittler@concordia.ca) for enrol
lment details.
 
Note: This internship can be in conjunction with other internship programs (with department approval).
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COMS394: Communication or LOYC 420: Internship in Sustainability
Media and Outreach Internship (1 positions)
 
The Concordia Greenhouse Project is looking for undergraduate students interested in taking the Internship in LOYC 420 or COMS394 with us this Winter. This position would assist with media and outreach in the greenhouse over the Winter months.
 
The internship requires 120 hours – to be completed between Monday, January 9th and Thursday, April 13th 2017 -and includes publication of weekly newsletter, graphic design: signs, posters, brochures, outreach such as tabling at information kiosks on and off campus, assist with social events.
 
Contact Sheena Swirlz at info@concordiagreenhouse.com for information or to send your CV.This internship will build students’ experience with media campain, how to effectively use social media, graphic design and text formatting skills, event prep, planning and facilitation, outreach and networking skills.
Deadline: Monday, November 28th, 2016.
 
Please contact Dr. Rebecca Tittler (rebecca.tittler@concordia.ca) for enrollment details.
Note: This internship can be in conjunction with other internship programs (with department approval).
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Holiday Artisan Fair in the Greenhouse!

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Don`t miss our upcoming artisan fair in our unique rooftop greenhouse!

Well be open from 4-7pm on November 30th. We will be serving tea and snacks with festive music. Stop by our cozy Greenhouse, where you will find a great variety of handmade items from a diversity of ecologically-friendly vendors.
Browse for yourself or pick up some great gifts for your friends and family!

FREE Entry – FREE Tea!

VENDORS:

Concordia Greenhouse – Gnomes, Sprouting and Mushroom Kits
City Farm School – Herbal and Medicinal products, Seeds
Blueberry Jams – Zines and Herbal Remedies
Le Tiny Homestead – Honey
Amelie Pois – Knits
The Wind & the Turtle – Herbal cigarettes
Vegan Salad Party – Natural Cleaning Products
My Lighthearted Kitchen – Cards and Paper Art
Kathy – Jams
Symbiose – Jewelery
Urban Homestead Montreal – Jewelery, Zines

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Welcoming Our New Board Of Directors!

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Huge thanks to everyone who attended our Annual General Meeting! It was a lovely evening of live accordion by Concordian musician Bashu Namai-Roy, tasty chili and brownies from The Hive Co-operative Cafe and a great presentation of our year in review.

We would like to welcome our 2016-2017 Board of Directors!

Cedric Yargeau – Undergraduate student member

My name is Cedric and I am a 27 year old undergraduate student studying in Human Environment & Urban Studies. In terms of relevant skills that I offer I would say that my innovative and creative mind along with my critical thinking are among the more relevant. My involvement in cegep has shown me that I have a natural talent for project management and time management which leads me to greatly desire joining the board of directors to further develop these skills.

Shanara Eisan – Undergraduate student member

My name is Shanara Eisan and I am an undergraduate student at Concordia and I consider myself an environmentalist.  I am concerned with the unequal distribution of environmental protection and resources and for this reason I am very interested in becoming more involved in the urban agriculture movement at Concordia. I have experience working collectively on projects and have contributed in the form of outreach and volunteering.

Prisca Ayassamy – Graduate student/community member

My name is Prisca I did my bachelor degree at Concordia University. I am a graduate student in the Environmental Science program. For my project, I have done researches on agriculture on rooftops. and on how to develop a more sustainable food system. In addition, I have held a Manager position in the past in the Marketing department, where I had to promote and be creative about products and campaign innovation.

Emmerika Alexander – Undergraduate student member

My ambitious and earnest attitude coupled with my sustainability and community work make me an excellent candidate for this position. I have become familiar with the appropriate communication and protocols surrounding the community network. A fragment of my responsibilities include management of staff and coordinator, manage and oversee the budget and organize job refreshing skills (ex. CPR training). At present, I am finishing my degree in the environment domain at Concordia University; preparing me for a career in sustainability that focuses in great detail on urban settings.

Leah Peck – Undergraduate student member

I am repeat board member who has had a wonderful first year at the Greenhouse and am looking to extend this experience! During my first year I participated in the strategic planning committee and am interested to stay on the board to see how the organizational audit continues to be implemented by both the board and the collective.

Stephanie Zahara – Community member

I recently completed the full Market Gardener City Farm School Internship through the Concordia Greenhouse. Since I have been here, my confidence has grown significantly in my abilities as a farmer, and I am ready to take on a new challenge of learning the operations side of agriculture, and become involved in decision-making that will both benefit myself in the gaining of new skills and knowledge, and the greenhouse as a whole.

Melina Cucciniello – Community member

I believe that my past experience as an Executive Administrative Assistant will prove to be valuable in assisting with meeting and event arrangements; preparing reports and financial data, and can undertake a wide variety of tasks and responsibilities in a number of different contexts. I am grateful for this opportunity and I look forward to working with the other members to further the mission of the Greenhouse and achieve the goals that are set out.

Ina Kaplan – Community member

I came to realise that the green house is a hub of beneficial and enriching projects and programs that make the urban space liveable. The programs the greenhouse offer provide valuable opportunity to learn practical skills and to network thus  creating impressive urban food security schemes and providing interactive learning experience. I would be happy to contribute to such an important and beneficial framework.

Myrah Graham – Undergraduate student member

We`re all looking forward to an exciting year together!

Join Our Board of Directors! AGM 2016!

The Concordia Greenhouse is hosting our Annual General Meeting on Monday, November 7th, 2016. Our event features live music, fresh free food, homegrown tea and an exciting report of our year of events and projects! Join us to eat, and vote in our new board of directors. Enter the door prize contest for a chance to win some of our goodies!

This year`s board of directors applicants:

Cedric Yargeau

My name is Cedric and I am a 27 year old undergraduate student studying in Human Environment & Urban Studies. I am new to Montreal and have moved here from Quebec City, thus, I am a relatively fresh mind in this big city. I have however been volunteering at the Concordia Greenhouse and have become quite fond of it. In terms of relevant skills that I offer I would say that my innovative and creative mind along with my critical thinking are among the more relevant. In addition, I am very productive, and manage my time very efficiently when taking on projects. I am bilingual in French and English.  My involvement in cegep has shown me that I have a natural talent for project management and time management which leads me to greatly desire joining the board of directors to further develop these skills.

Shanara Eisan

My name is Shanara Eisan and I am an undergraduate student at Concordia and I consider myself an environmentalist.  I am concerned with the unequal distribution of environmental protection and resources and for this reason I am very interested in becoming more involved in the urban agriculture movement at Concordia. I have a growing interest in sustainability and environmental conservation and this would be a great chance to get involved in projects relating to these subject matters. I myself have benefited from the informative workshops and projects directly linked to the greenhouse- such as the City Farm School, and I am truly excited by the idea of becoming apart of the process. I have experience working collectively on projects and have contributed in the form of outreach and volunteering.

Prisca Ayassamy

My name is Prisca I did my bachelor degree at Concordia University. I am a graduate student in the Environmental Science program. For my project, I have done researches on agriculture on rooftops. and on how to develop a more sustainable food system. In addition, I have held a Manager position in the past in the Marketing department, where I had to promote and be creative about products and campaign innovation. I am very enthusiastic, and motivated to join in the team of the board members comitee at Concordia, so as to innovate and create a positive change. My experience in researches have brought me the relevant knowledge and skills to be able to be part of this comitee.

Stephanie Zahara

I recently completed the full Market Gardener City Farm School Internship through the Concordia Greenhouse. Since I have been here, my confidence has grown significantly in my abilities as a farmer, and I am ready to take on a new challenge of learning the operations side of agriculture, and become involved in decision-making that will both benefit myself in the gaining of new skills and knowledge, and the greenhouse as a whole. I hope to bring some fresh ideas to the team, and be a positive voice on the Board to help continue the growth and success of its operations.

Emma Alex

My ambitious and earnest attitude coupled with my sustainability and community work make me an excellent candidate for this position.
As a resident of NDG, I have spent years serving as a Board Member for Westhaven Elmhurst Community Center. Within this time, I have become familiar with the appropriate communication and protocols surrounding the community network. A fragment of my responsibilities include management of staff and coordinator, manage and oversee the budget and organize job refreshing skills (ex. CPR training). At present, I am finishing my degree in the environment domain at Concordia University; preparing me for a career in sustainability that focuses in great detail on urban settings.

More information on joining the Board of Directors:

What does the Board of Directors do?
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!
It 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 as a board member? 
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 November 19th and 20th 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 the deadline 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 , 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.

Please download and complete our Board of Directors Application, and send it to  concordiagreenhousebod@gmail.com

HOUSE PLANT SALE

 

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Come check out our annual house plant sale on October 11th hosted at the greenhouse! We will be selling a variety of house plant species so get there early to make sure you grab your favorites! Some of the plant types we are offering will be:

Cuban Oregano

Lemon Geranium

Kalanchoe (Mother-of-thousands)

Chlorophytum (Spider plant)

Sansevieria (Snakeskin plant)

Sansevieria Cylindrica (cylindrical snake plant)

Prickly pear cactus

Jade plant & other succulents

Baby’s tears

Crown of thorns cactus

Arrowleaf philodendon

Fiddleleaf fig

Lemon tree seedlings

Moses in the cradle (tradescantia spathacea)

Purple heart

Aloe plant

Monstera

Banana bush

…and many more!

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Volunteer Sessions are BACK!

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Whether you’ve got years of experience under your belt or are simply curious and want to try getting your hands dirty, everyone is welcome to volunteer at the Concordia Greenhouse.

Our weekly volunteer sessions are casual, drop-in session – no need to RSVP.                       No experience required. Everyone welcome.

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FOUR SEASONS GROWING

Mondays, 1 – 3pm

Get involved with Four Seasons weekly edible plant care, guided by our experienced coordinator Andrew.

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HOUSE PLANTS & ATRIUM GARDEN

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Tasks include: Learning about the propagation, maintenance and care of our house plant collection, as well as assisting in keeping the Atrium plants healthy with coordinator Paul.

PLUS – Read about even more ways to get involved!

 

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