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Events this week at the Greenhouse

On a sunny day, it can get up to 30 degrees in the greenhouse. Between the warm humidity, the sunshine, the indoor garden and the friendly folks, the Concordia Greenhouse is the place to be on this chilly winter days! Check out our fun special events on our blog below, and also our updated EVENTS page.


Stitching Sustainability Into Fashion
Thursday, January 24th, 2:00pm until 5:00pm

This workshop will discuss and explore different stitching techniques as a way to reduce the environmental impact of fashion and fibres.
Bring your own garment!
This workshop is offered by la Fabrique éthique de Montréal, a social entreprise that aims to reduce overconsumption of fashion by reviving traditional skills and by promoting the production of eco apparel and accessories in Montreal.
La Fabrique éthique de Montréal
CONTACT: for more art event information

The Atrium Events Team goes Thematic!
Wednesday, January 30th, 3:30pm

There is a vision for the atrium events team for this semester: events and activities around springtime wild edibles! This upcoming spring we hope to hit up our local sources of delicious and nutritious wild foods that found in and around Montreal, so events will center around harvesting, processing and Eating such delights. If this interests you we’re having our next planning meeting Wednesday, January 30th at 3:30pm to continue planning for all of this greatness.
Please contact Stefanie at if your interest has been peaked, and especially if you cannot make the meeting.

Greenhouse Sunset and Screening Night
Thursday, January 31st, 5pm-7pm

We will be showing the documentary called “Home”. It shows the diversity of life on Earth and how humanity is threatening the ecological balance of the planet.
It is composed mostly of beautiful and striking areal shots of the Earth and narrated by Glenn Close.
We will be offering free hot and iced tea, as well as popcorn of different flavors.
We would also like to ask for donations from $2 to $5.


Une introduction à la Permaculture
Saturday, January 26, 10:00am until 1:00pm

Le Milieu, 1251 rue Robin Montréal, coin Beaudry, métro Beaudry
Qu’est-ce que la Permaculture? quelles sont ses origines? ses principes? Venez découvrir ce qu’on appelle la révolution tranquille…
3 heures de discussion, de partage et d’apprentissage! Venez nombreux, on a hâte de vous voir!
Contribution volontaire entre 10 et 20$
Café, Soupe et Muffins fait maison en vente sur place
Pour confirmer votre présence, contactez


January at the Concordia Greenhouse

We are now open!Photo 2012-09-25 4 06 05 PM

After a nice holiday break, the greenhouse is once again open on weekdays from 11am – 6pm, except Fridays when we close at 4pm. Come visit us, have some tea, chill out in the Tea Atrium with some homework, music or a good book and let the warm green environment and sunshine warm you up!

Upcoming Special Events in January!

ART-ruim Craft Nights – Thursday 1 – 5 pm Bi-weekly  starting January 16th

Eco-Fibres Workshop Series – Wednesday 2 – 5pm
Jan.24th – Creative Mending and Darning
Feb.21st – Dealing with Stains
March 21st -Sewing Buttons and Beads

Crop Planning Workshop Series – Tuesdays 6-9pm
Jan.29 – Establishing Garden Goals
Feb. 5 – Garden Layout
Feb. 12 – Garden schedules
Daniel Brisebois, co-author of “Crop Planning for Organic Vegetable Growers” will be offering this 3 class course on crop planting.
There are only 20 spaces available, so please register at

The Atrium Events Team goes Thematic! Wednesday, January 23rd at 3:30h.
There is a vision for the atrium events team for this semester: events and activities around springtime wild edibles! This upcoming spring we hope to hit up our local sources of delicious and nutritious wild foods that found in and around Montreal, so events will center around harvesting, processing and Eating such delights. If this interests you we’re having our first meeting Wednesday, January 17th at 4pm to start planning for all of this greatness. Please contact Stefanie at if your interest has been peaked, and especially if you cannot make the meeting.

House Plant Sale – Ongoing
All plants $2—10
All plants are specially selected for indoor growing.
Even in Montreal winters…

Volunteer with us this winter!
We have a few projects currently underway, and we can always use an extra hand! For each of our projects we hold regular work sessions. Volunteers are encouraged to come to the work sessions and help out. 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.

Experimental Growing. Closed loop system that merges Aquacul-ture & Hydroponics. Contact us for info on future events at

Tea Atrium
Community Space. Come join us for a free cup of home grown herbal tea!                                 Fridays 1—4 pm: Tea Atrium Volunteer Gardening Session

4 Season’s Growing
Local Food. Growing greens and micro-greens year round for the Concordia Community.

Mondays 12 – 2 pm : Greens volunteer sesssion                                                             Thursdays 3 – 5 pm :  Micr0-greens volunteer session

We’re Hiring!

The Concordia Greenhouse is currently looking to fill the position of Communications Coordinator. This position covers the internal and external communications for the greenhouse and all its projects, as well as our online and social media presence, internal signage, publicity, and community liaisons. If you or someone you know is looking to do some good green work in the community for a highly productive and socially responsible organization, we encourage you to apply! We will be accepting applications up to Friday December 14th 2012, with training in the new year. The complete job description and information on how to apply can be found here.

Position dates: WintHelp us Grow the Greenhouse!er semester 2013 (with possibility of extending contract)
Hours: 8-10 hours/week
Pay rate: Honorarium ($500/semester)

About the Concordia Greenhouse:

The Concordia Greenhouse Project is based in the rooftop greenhouse of the Henry F. Hall building (13th floor), where we have created an all-organic space geared towards education and research into urban sustainability, community building and food security. The project is a working group of Sustainable Concordia, a multi-stakeholder initiative that seeks to create a more ecologically, socially and economically sustainable university community. The Greenhouse provides an environment for workshops, film screenings, research projects and community events, and is a springboard for spreading innovative sustainability solutions through popular education initiatives. The Greenhouse is also the founder of the flourishing City Farm School, a practical training program and speaker series on urban agriculture, which is based out of the Greenhouse and at the Loyola campus.

Ghouls in the Greenhouse

ImageOnce a semester the greenhouse lets loose a little, and facilitates some good ol’ partying right where we grow hothouse plants from citrus fruit, to fig trees, to culinary herbs, to microgreens. This year Halloween falls on a Wednesday, so we thought we’d spook up the greenhouse for a school night Halloween haunting! We’re transforming Concordia’s rooftop oasis (that’s the greenhouse!) into a mesmerising and creepy jungle of merriment, complete with a night of music, film, dance, and (of course) candy!

The cost of entrance is on a sliding scale from $5-$10 – this is a fundraiser extravaganza, after all! Your generous donation entitles you to:

  1. popcorn
  2. candy
  3. your chance to win a super-cool mystery urban agriculture prize
  4. the lovely Fruiting Bodies vocal trio
  5. Julia Feltam, cellist extraordinaire from Halifax
  6. a dance party finale accompanied by screenings of fine Halloween classics, including Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, and the like

We always have a real swell time. We hope you can join us for the fun and for the support! Costumes are (almost) mandatory. Come haunt the greenhouse with us this Wednesday night (October 31st) from 7:30pm-11pm at the Concordia Greenhouse, 1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W. 13th floor.

Join the Facebook event here!

House Plant Sale


A green house is a happy house! Fulfill your greenery needs at the greenhouse this Wednesday September 26th from 10am to 6pm, while supplies last. Plants varieties range from Cuban oregano to stonecrop, succulents that thrive indoors year round. Winter is coming. Prepare yourself!

When: Wednesday September 26 from 10am-6pm, while supplies last.

Where: Concordia Greenhouse, 13th Floor of the Hall Building 1455 De Maisonneuve

What: House Plants from $2-$10

Marché Locale Launch

A brand new local market is heading to downtown Montreal, right under our greenhouse noses, on the terrasse behind the Hall building. The market will provide a wide variety of wares, from local organic produce, to tea, to baked goods, to body products, and much more! Come out and support the local gardens and artisans, or just browse around and take in the live music. Today is the debut, but Marché Locale will be back every Tuesday until the end of November. See below for more details.


This week’s vendors include some of the leaders in urban agriculture in Montréal, as well as well-established artisans…

  • Co-op Jardins de la Résistance
  • Jardins D’autrefois + neighbouring farms
  • Santropol Roulant
  • Concordia Greenhouse’s City Farm School and Mackay Gardens
  • Porat Natural Foods
  • Jeremiah’s Pies
  • Save our Goddesses
  • Vicki’s Natural body-products
  • Lufa Farms

Where and when to go: Marché Locale will be held every Tuesday from 4-7 (August 21st to November 27th) on the terrasse behind the Hall building at Concordia’s downtown campus: 1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W., Montréal.

Find Marché Locale on Facebook, Twitter, or at their website.


The Good Food Revolution: An Evening with Will Allen

Will Allen in Greenhouse

If you have even the slightest interest in urban agriculture, the following event is for you! Will Allen is a leading figure in the ever growing urban agriculture movement. Come hear him speak. Get your tickets now.

What: The Good Food Revolution: An Evening with Will Allen
Who: Will Allen is the author of The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities (
When: 6:30pm Eat and greet / 7:00pm Speaking Event
Where: Frank Dawson Adams Auditorium, McGill University
Cost: $5-15 sliding scale (no one turned away for lack of funds)
Tickets: available for purchase at Eventbrite or at the door
Pre-event: Join us in Santropol Roulant’s Edible Campus Garden for a meet-and-greet with Will Allen starting at 6:30pm

About Will Allen and Growing Power:
Will Allen, son of a sharecropper, former professional basketball player, ex-corporate sales leader, and longtime farmer, has become recognized as among the preeminent thinkers of our time on agriculture and food policy. The founder and CEO of Growing Power Inc., a farm and community food center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Allen is widely considered the leading authority in the expanding field of urban agriculture. At Growing Power and in community food projects across the nation and around the world, Allen promotes the belief that all people, regardless of their economic circumstances, should have access to fresh, safe, affordable and nutritious foods at all times. Using methods he has developed over a lifetime, Allen trains community members to become community farmers, assuring them a secure source of good food without regard to political or economic forces. In 2008 Mr. Allen received the prestigious MacArthur “Genius grant” for his efforts to promote urban sustainable food systems.  Later, in 2010 Mr. Allen joined First Lady Michelle Obama as she launched the White House’s “Let’s Move” campaign to address issues affecting American youth and the risk of obesity and later that year was also recognized as one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.  Since then, Mr. Allen has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the James Beard Foundation Leadership Award in 2011 and the NCAA Theodore Roosevelt Award in 2012, which is the highest award the National Collegiate Athletic Association can bestow on a former collegiate athlete.

Hosted by: Santropol Roulant, Concordia City Farm, Mcgill Office of Sustainability, CRAPAUD, and the People’s Potato.

Special thanks to Hotel Le St.Martin:

Get Fresh with Loyola Farm’s Weekly Market Stand

Loyola Farm Market StandThe Loyola Farm has launched our weekly Market Stand! Every Thursday, from 11am – 1pm, we will be selling some of our harvest at the garden. All of the food produce grown at this garden is done so by both volunteers and city farm students. All proceeds from the market stand will be put right back into the garden upkeep fund. Leftover produce from the garden will be picked up and donated to the NDG Food Depot.
Keep an eye on the “Loyola Market Stand” tab on the Loyola City Farm blog, as each week we will update which items we will have to sell. Directions to the Market Stand can be found under the directions tab on the main page of the Loyola City Farm blog.

Mackay Garden Volunteer Sessions!

Garden on Mackay StEVERY Thursday from 5-7pm

Come out and put your green thumbs to work with the City Farm School team that has been building this edible urban oasis in downtown Montreal.

Wear clothes to get dirty in cause we’ll be seeding, weeding, fertilizing, watering and watching our garden grow!

Don’t worry if you don’t have much experience. The City Farm School interns will be there to help you along.

Meet us in front of Sustainable Concordia 2090 Mackay – beside our new raised bed!