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Natural Dye Workshop: Sustainable Colors for Fibres





When: April 17th, 6-9pm
Where: Concordia Greenhouse

Concordia Greenhouse and the Color Collective members Johanna Autin, Carissa Carman, Sarah Cotwoka, collaborate with Textile Designer Julie Andre to present a workshop and skill share on sustainable colours.

The workshop includes:
An introduction and tour of the indoor natural dye garden
Presentation of the Phyto Sanitation System (prototype)
Hands-on natural dyeing with flowers cultivated from the Greenhouse

Bring a few pieces of white fabric, 100% made of natural fibres (cotton, linen, rami, silk, or wool), washed well
Collect onion peels from your everyday meals while waiting for this great event (yellow or red, the dry part), the used tea bags from your morning tea, rusted nails and other small pieces of metal that you find.


Plant Sale This Week! ** Update

Due to an unprecedented turnout, we sold nearly all the plants by the close of the first day. Give us a call before heading down to find out what’s left: (514) 848-2424 x 5134.
The plant sale may have to close by mid-day Thursday, Apr 12, 2012, if all the plants we’ve grown are sold.


It’s that time of year again! Time for the annual Concordia Greenhouse

When: April 11 – 13, 10am–6pm
Where: The Greenhouse!
(13th Floor of 1455 de Maisonneuve W)

This year we are selling all kinds of varieties of plants ranging from common house plants to tropical plants as well as many edibles.

All prices are between 1$ – 10$ and proceeds go towards keeping the Greenhouse going.

*Please bring a cardboard box or eco bag to help facilitate transportation of your new plants home.

Some examples of plants we are selling:

Non Edible Plants:
Aloe Vera
Wandering Jews
Spider Plants
Small Cactus

Edible: Chives
Passion Flower
Lemon Balm

Hope to see you all there!

Window Farming Workshop This Thursday! UPDATE****

Window Farming


Hi all. Due to the incredible interest in this workshop we are making a few changes. We are going to offer the workshop a second time. And we ask that you RSVP for which day you want to come. To make sure there is space for everyone to work, we’ll have to cap it at 20 people per workshop.

The two workshops will be:
Thursday, March 29th, 1-3pm 
Thursday, April 5th, 1-3pm

To reserve your spot follow this link
The reservations will be on a first come, first served basis so hurry, hurry hurry!


How to Build A Window Farm
Where: Concordia Greenhouse
When: Thursday, March 29th, 2012,  1 to 3pm

What the heck is a window farm you ask? It’s a vertical hydroponic growing system that allows you to grow food in your house year round! All you need is a window to put it in. By the end of this workshop you’ll have your very own to take home! Enjoy the power that growing your own food provides!

All you need to bring is an aquarium air pump found at any pet store.

Fermentation Workshop This Wednesday!

Homemade Sauerkraut

Fermentation Workshop
When: Wed March 28th, 2012
3-5 pm
Where: Concordia Greenhouse

Come and learn more about the wonderful world of fermentations !
After this workshop you will know how to make sauerkraut, yogurt, kefir, sourdough bread, kombucha, mead and much more.
It’s going to be a space to share experiences about your own homemade fermentations 🙂
Please bring some fermented foods for tasting and your own ferments to share with others. Also bring along your own mason jars to take some home with you.

What Sustains You? Microgreens & Vermicomposting! Workshops This Friday

The Greenhouse is holding two workshops as part of What Sustains You? week organized by Sustainable Concordia.



When: Friday March 23nd 1-2:30pm

Where: the Greenhouse

The vermicomposting workshop is designed to enhance knowledge of basic composting skills by using red wiggler worms for at-home, year-round, indoor composting. The workshop will review some basic worm anatomy, bin building, getting started at home, what and what not to feed your bin, troubleshooting (including pest control), harvesting and storing the compost soil for plants, making compost tea for your plants, dealing with excess worms (and possibly making a business out of your very own kitchen), and of course the most important question: why compost?

Sprouts and Micro-greens
When: Friday March 23 2:30-4pm

Where: the Greenhouse

Have you ever fantasized about growing your own food, but found your thumbs didn’t quite have enough of that green hue? This workshop can show you an easy, quick way to have fresh, living salad ingredients growing in your house year-round. Sprouting is the eating practice of growing and enjoying thousands of baby plants, tender and full of life. Ranging from your classic alfalfa sprout found in your local grocery store, to sprouted legumes like lentils and mung beans, to growing more leafy babies such as radish and peas, here you’ll get the basics of how to liven up your diet, your home and your soul with the joy of sprouting. Watch out, you might even find that the grains in your bread can be sprouted, too!

Greenhouse Closed in Support of Student Strike

In support of the students on strike and respect for the picket line around the Hall building, the Concordia Greenhouse will be closed for the duration of the CSU mandated strike: March 15 – March 22.
Our upcoming workshop has been moved to a new space so let’s keep on learnin’!

Biodynamic Farming Workshop
WHEN: Tuesday March 20 11:30-12:30
WHERE: QPIRG-Concordia
1500 de Maisonneuve West, #204
Montreal, Quebec

Come learn about the basics of biodynamics history and contemporary methods. We will experiment with practical plant-based preparations to enhance soil quality and plant life.

Biodynamic agriculture is a method that means to unite man with nature in order to create a living environment through the subtle interactions of earth, plants, animals and human beings, trying to find equilibrium and unity. The biodynamic movement recognizes that the life of a farm is exposed to many influences: the subtle rhythms of the sun, the moon and the planets form the basis of an annually produced planting calendar. This guides the farmer towards appropriate times for cultivation and sowing for maximum quantity and quality.


Concordia Greenhouse

Concordia Greenhouse Endorses Le Frigo Vert

Frigo Vert Vote YesMarch 6th, 2012

Endorsement letter for Frigo Vert’s Fee Levy Campaign
Written by Stefanie Dimitrovas, Coordinator of the Four Seasons Growing Project On behalf of The Concordia Greenhouse Project

Concordians, I encourage you to vote in favour of Frigo Vert’s fee levy. I hail from the glass house on the 13th floor of the hall building, the Concordia Greenhouse Project, to represent the collective up here and express our overwhelming support and solidarity for Le Frigo Vert and their collective operation. Frigo is such an important place to support the environmental movement, because they really take care to find sources of food that are organic, and especially local and fair-trade when they can. As a great example, they are one of the Greenhouse’s distributors of local, organic microgreen salad mix! On top of it all, it is part of their mission to bring to you quality food at an affordable price, by selling in bulk and actively avoiding over-pricing thanks to their anti-capitalist mandate.

The Greenhouse also has big dreams in the near future of increasing our food production to help finance ourselves, and Frigo has always expressed support for our mission of local, organic food production in the heart of the city, and would love as much of what we grow as possible. We really hope the Frigo gets the support they need from you students so that we can bring to you our fresh, beautiful produce grown with love and excitement. You’ll get more out of shopping at a place like Frigo because you know that people committed to issues of food security and urban sustainability are making it happen.

I would like to end by quoting a fellow Greenhouse collective member, Nina Slykhuis-Landry, as she exited the greenhouse office today to get her supper from the Frigo: “When I think Frigo Vert, I think delicious food, healthy and humanitarian, and affordable. It’s the best combination.” Vote yes!

Warm Regards,

Stefanie Dimitrovas
Coordinator of the Four Seasons Growing Project

Let’s Grow Great Food!

Dear Greenhouse Community, 

The 2012 growing season has started! The Greenhouse Collective invites you to help us grow healthy, strong seedlings that are free from pests. Indeed, we need your help to usher in a horticulturally recommended cleanliness in the Greenhouse. We want to do this to protect our plants from harmful diseases and insects, so that we have higher yields this summer. 

The Atrium Tea Garden continues to be open to the public as a beautiful location for cultural & educational events. The rest of the greenhouse space is now concentrated on growing plants and new hygiene practices will be in place. The greenhouse remains accessible to the public — only now, we encourage participation to take the form of starting, assisting and maintaing healthy plant growth. 

As Silvia Federici noted at Study in Action this past weekend, urban gardens are indispensable if we are to regain control over our food production, regenerate our environment and provide for our subsistence. With this space entrusted to us, we as a community have such a great opportunity: let’s continue to genuinely address issues of food security and urban sustainability by growing food & sharing knowledge about growing food.

City Farm School Announces Eco-Leader Internships!

Alternatives and City Farm School are proud to offer a summer-long paid internship working with youth aged 12 -18.

This multidisciplinary internship offers a unique opportunity for interns to acquire the skills and experience necessary to develop and manage a community based urban agriculture initiative. This program aspires to bridge theory with practice by coupling skills training with hands-on work experience in the community.

Apply now! Deadline is March 2

Check out the full details here