Community Events


Racing to Zero + Turning Plastic Back into Oil


Tuesday, June 12 at 7 PM – 9:30 PM
Coop la Maison verte – 5785 rue Sherbrooke ouest

Racing To Zero is a quick-moving, upbeat documentary presenting new solutions to the global problem of waste. By simply substituting the word RESOURCE for the word GARBAGE, a culture can be transformed, and a new wealth of industries can emerge. Racing to Zero will bring a new perspective to the world’s garbage problem and its growing threat to the environment. For over a year the film makers have actively researched the damaging effect of human waste on the environment; they explain what is happening and present steps being taken to find solutions. Americans threw out roughly 243 million tons of trash in 2009, or about 4.34 pounds of garbage per person per day. 132 million tons ended up in landfills. Can we achieve ZERO garbage to landfill in the foreseeable future? The pressure is on. How much time do we have?

Turning Plastic Back Into Oil-The technology exists. Meet the oil conversion machine developed in Japan. Using mainly heat and pressure, the machine takes plastic and within a few hours transforms it into unrefined oil made up of kerosene, diesel, gasoline and heavy oils. One kilogram of plastic produces 1 litre of oil. Cost is the factor that keeps this technology from expanding to every recycling centre and garbage dump. It is truly thrilling to see the household-sized converter turning plastic into oil!

Solar Power for Beginners


Sunday, June 17 at 9:30 AM – 1 PM
14 Chemin des Pruniers, Mansonville, QC

Have you always wanted to install a solar system at home but weren’t sure how to get started? Then this workshop is for you. We will help you figure out how you can use solar electricity around your home or at the cabin. You will learn what is available to buy and install yourself and see what others are already doing.

The workshop will:
*Explain how electricity is generated from sunlight using solar cells.
*Illustrate how much solar energy is available in southern Quebec.
*Demonstrate how to calculate the size of a system you might need.
*Provide current costs and where to buy system components.
*And we will put it all together as we install a small solar electric system on site.
***The workshop will be led by Ron Alward, a resident of Potton and a pioneering solar engineer with decades of experience designing and installing solar systems around the world.***

Cost: $40


Atelier de pousses et germinations


Monday, June 18 at 7:15 PM – 8:45 PM
Vrac & Bocaux – Épicerie Bio Zéro Déchet – 6698 Avenue Christophe Colomb

Venez en apprendre plus sur les pousses et les germinations avec Charleen Kotiuga de Concordia Greenhouse.
C’est le temps d’agrémenter vos salades et plats!

La formation inclue un kit de germinations.


CFM – Summer Solstice Relaunch Party


Wednesday, June 20 at 11 AM – 4 PM
Concordia Farmers’ Market – 1455 Blvd De Maisonneuve, Hall Building, H-238

The Concordia Farmers’ Market is Relaunching! In order to kick the 2018-2019 season right, we decided to have a little party
Join us to discover our wonderful vendors, grab a snack, have a chat and leave your mark on our collective mural.

There will be free snacks, some tastings, prices, music and more!!

We will also be introducing our Sprouting Bucks!!!!!!!!!

If you would like to help out send us an e-mail at


Interdisciplinary 5 á 7 : Food Studies


Wednesday, June 20 at 5 PM – 7 PM
District 3 Innovation Centre – 1250 Guy Street, 6th floor

Bridging Interdisciplinary Methods and Food Studies at Concordia: Celebrate the beginning of summer and join us for our first Interdisciplinary Research 5 à 7 with researchers that are at the forefront of food studies at Concordia. This workshop and networking event will highlight interdisciplinary research methods such as research creation, critical design and ethnography through interactive activities and a roundtable discussion.

The event will feature:
1. Mini-workshops on chocolate, seasonal perserves & waste.
2. Round-table discussion on:
• the intersection between interdisciplinary research and
food studies
• the strategies to write effectively on interdisciplinary
methods and,
• the opportunities available for food researchers
3. Networking time and summer inspired refreshments.

By collaborating with the Individualized Program’s food studies and with the help of District 3 Innovation Center (D3), GISA is happy to invite you this multi activity event.

If you are interested in attending this event, please RSVP no later than Sunday June 7th 2018. Please note that spots are limited and will be given on a first come first served basis. Please RSVP at


Garlic Scape Pesto – Seasonal eating, what is the importance of eating local seasonal foods?


Thursday, June 21 at 6 PM – 8 PM
Multi-faith and Spirituality Centre – 2090 Rue Mackay

This is the first workshop of the Summer season. A hands-on and community-based series on seasonal food preservation. The workshops will bridge theory and practice as well as traditional and modern knowledge.

Concordia Student $10
Concordia Staff $15
Community $20

We will learn about the seasonal and local consuption and food preservation methods, and their role in sustainability and food security. Then we will have fun preparing a recipe collectively to take home


If you still want to participate but cannot cover the cost of registration for any reason, please e-mail us to work out an alternative. There are 2 spots available.

Atelier Techniques de Compostage


Tuesday, June 26 at 6 PM – 8 PM
Ateliers d’Éducation Populaire du Plateau / AEPP

Want to learn about composting?

When you think about compost you probably think of bad odours and a lot of flies. Well, that’s not compost! In this workshop we will teach you how to properly compost indoors and outdoors. We will walk you through various methods so that you can find a process that works for your lifestyle.

This workshop will explore:

Composting basics
-Various composting techniques, including hot compost or “thermophilic” compost and vermicompost
-The difference between city compost and home compost
-Starting a compost pile in your backyard

Cost: $15

For more information email us at


Plants to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse


Wednesday, June 27 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM
La Boite a Pois – 1206 Rue St Andre

as your zombie neighbor just eaten your dog? Did a party member just get bit? Are you looking at a long Winter ahead whilst civilization collapses around you? Inspired by authors such as Max Brooks, this workshop will contain could contain just the right thing to help you out!

In this workshop we will focus on three areas where plants can help us survive on our own against the flesh eating masses:

– Herbal First Aid: Focusing on wound healing (no guarantees to prevent a zombie virus however)

– Wild Food Sources: Learn about some wild and nutritious plants to help feed yourself

– Plants for Outdoor Survival: Need to build a shelter and start a fire? This section is for you!

Whilst the subject of this workshop is one of fantasy (and a little humor) we will be using real life examples of herbal medicine and other survival skills that will be able to help you out in the wild, regardless of whether zombies are out to eat you or not.

The workshop is free. An informational zine and other related goodies will be for sale after the workshop if you wish to show support. Trades, gifts and bartering is encouraged!

At the end of the workshop, an informal discussion will be animated relating to zombie culture and the appeal to those of us dis-enfranchised with our current society.


Balade – 5 trésors de verdure


Wednesday, July 4th, 530-7:30
Saturday, July 7th, 1:30-3:30pm
Wednesday, August 22nd, 5:30-7:30pm
Saturday, August 25th, 1:30-3:30pm

Coeur des sciences UQAM
175, avenue du Président-Kennedy

Nichés au cœur du Centre-sud, cinq jardins thématiques réalisés par l’organisme Sentier urbain attendent votre visite. Au programme : verdissement urbain, agriculture urbaine, forêt nourricière, plantes comestibles et médicinales, biodiversité et pollinisateurs. Entre verdissement et action sociale, une balade inspirante pour améliorer la vie de quartier.

Cette balade a été développée par le Sentier urbain. Elle est animée par Félix Laudendeau-Lebel, détenteur d’un DESS en gestion et développement durable et coordonnateur Éducation, au Sentier urbain.

Inscriptions sur le site du Coeur des sciences :

Régulier : 12$
Étudiants et aînés (65 ans et plus) : 8$

Rendez-vous : Jardins Gamelin (vers la serre), 1500 rue Berri
Départ : 17h30 précises. Arrivez un peu à l’avance!
Durée : environ deux heures

Visite commenté d’une Forêt Nourricière urbaine!


Sunday, July 8 at 10 AM
Maison Ozalée – 9940 Avenue Saint Charles

Soyez des nôtres pour cette unique visite de l’année de la forêt nourricière aménagée à la maison solaire passive Ozalée! Implantée en 2016 lors d’une formation et complétée avec brio par les propriétaires Déborah et Damien, cette jeune forêt nourricière est remplie de plantes intéressantes et d’expériences inspirantes.

Wen Rolland, formateur et permaculteur, sera votre guide pour les deux visites commentées. La première visite sera à 10h00 et la deuxième sera à 13h. Les visites dureront autour de 2h. Vous allez pouvoir déguster certains produits de la forêt nourricière gratuitement sur place et nous aurons quelques plantes en ventes.

Il n’y a que 15 places de disponibles pour chaque visite afin que nous puissions bien répondre à vos questions. 🙂 C’est gratuit pour les enfants de 10 ans et moins accompagnés d’un adulte.

Sur cette page vous achetez votre billet pour la visite du matin.


Sustainability Camp for Teens


Monday, July 9 at 9 AM – 12 PM
Vanier College – 821 Sainte-Croix

Designed for teenagers, this interactive and hands-on course will give learners a valuable knowledge base to enhance our human and natural ecosystems so they can become pioneers towards a more sustainable future. Students will gain experience and confidence about their own practical skills from growing, wilderness survival, herbal medicine, species identification and more. Every week, students will work in teams on do-it-yourself projects to take home. Activities will be held both on campus in the Vanier Gardens and off-campus, discovering the many sustainable initiatives in and around the city. Homework will be given in the form of a journal of observations. Students must enroll for a minimum of 2 weeks and have a strong level of English.

We look forward to having you, come be part of the solution!

Teintures végétales et plantes colorantes


Saturday, July 14 at 10 AM – 5 PM
Le Virage campus MIL – 6700 avenue Durocher, Outremont

Dans la série RAMÈNE TA FRAISE, nous avons le plaisir d’accueillir Myriam Rochon de la ferme habi habi sur le site des Projets éphémères du Campus MIL – Université de Montréal, pour une introduction à la teinture végétale textile.

Nous découvrirons :
🌸 Une multitude de plantes au potentiel colorant qu’il est possible de cueillir dans notre environnement;
🌼Les plantes colorantes poussant sur le site des Projets éphémères.

Nous pratiquerons :
🌸Comment créer six échantillons de couleurs distinctes avec trois plantes;
🌼Comment teindre la laine avec cette teinture végétale.

Et nous repartirons avec nos échantillons de laine à la maison !

Pour voir les autres formations offertes cet été dans la série RAMÈNE TA FRAISE :


Rue Fermier 2018


Thursday, July 19 at 4 PM – 9 PM
Santropol Roulant – 111 Roy Est

Mark your calendars because it’s that time of the year again for Rue Fermier! One of the biggest community appreciation event of the year, and we are taking this party to the next level!

On July 19th, the gardens from the rooftop to the Terrasse Roy, the veggie market and the bike shop will be at their best to welcome you and your friends/family to celebrate. We are especially excited to give full access to every member of each corner of the Roulant with our brand new elevator!

Tours, free activities, food, amazing music, bountiful veggies and goodies at the farmers markets will be rocking the evening.

Stay tuned for the unveiling of the activities and the tours schedule.

We’d love to see you there, so grab a pen or a smartphone and save the date!

Cost: Free activities, food and non-alcoholic drinks available at a reasonable price


WHS Bus Trip to Brome Lake Garden Club’s Summer Garden Tour


Saturday, July 21 at 8:45 AM – 5 PM
Bus departs from Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke West

invites you to join us for LAC BROME’s SUMMER GARDEN TOUR
– Garden Visits in Knowlton, and West Bolton
– Picnic lunch along the way… Please BRING A PICNIC LUNCH!
– Stroll through “downtown” Knowlton
– Tour of Lily Farm (Hemerocalles Lac Brome) with opportunity to buy lilies
– Elderberry tasting on the way home!

Tickets available at the Westmount Library’s Circulation Desk – cash only. COST: $40 WHS Members/ $50 Guests (cash only)


Transformez votre jardin en un oasis pour les pollinisateurs


Saturday, August 18 at 10 AM – 4 PM
Le Virage campus MIL – 6700 avenue Durocher, Outremont

Dans la série RAMÈNE TA FRAISE, venez discuter avec Virginie Michaud de Miel Montreal du potentiel d’habitats pour pollinisateurs dans les potagers urbains, sur le site des Projets éphémères du Campus MIL – Université de Montréal.

Nous en apprendrons sur :
🐝 La création d’habitats pour pollinisateurs
🐝 Les nichoirs
🐝 Les pollinisateurs du sol
🐝 Les plantes à choisir selon les besoins du potager
🐝 Les débris végétaux

Nous pratiquerons :
🐝 L’observation et l’identification des pollinisateurs dans les jardins

Analyserons et discuterons :
🐝 Les aménagements possibles

Cette formation sera orientée vers la mise en valeur des pollinisateurs indigènes et visera à offrir aux jardinier.e.s des outils concrets permettant d’aménager leur potager dans le but d’en faire un écosystème riche et diversifié.

🍯 Nous repartirons avec un sachet de semences pour attirer les pollinisateurs, ainsi qu’avec un petit pot de miel de Montréal!

Pour voir les autres formation offertes cet été dans la série RAMÈNE TA FRAISE :


Resetting the Table

Nov 1 at 10 AM to Nov 4 at 5 PM
Concordia University – 1455 boul de Maisonneuve O

This year, join us as we celebrate Food Secure Canada’s 10th National Assembly. Called RESETTING THE TABLE, this multi-day conference will bring together Canada’s brightest food thinkers and most innovative organizations to talk about food on a national and international scale.

Hosted in the vibrant city of Montréal, the program will offer a great opportunity for learning, networking and will include:
– Guided tours of food projects in the Montreal area
– Plenaries sessions
– Conferences
– Workshops

For more info ->




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