VOTE NO to per-faculty fee levy referendums (March 25-27)

The Concordia Greenhouse urges Concordia undergrads to VOTE NO to per-faculty fee levy referendums (March 25-27)

(more info below, including voting information; please read and share; get in touch with any questions)

Dear Concordia undergraduate student members –

We’re taking the time to spread the word to our friends, made up overwhelmingly of Concordia students, to urge you to pay attention to the upcoming CSU election, in which you are entitled to vote, and especially to encourage you to VOTE NO to per-faculty fee levy referendums. All fee levy groups — from the People’s Potato to Sustainable Concordia to Cinema Politica (and many more) — will be detrimentally affected if the per-faculty fee levy referendum goes through.


We at the Concordia Greenhouse, along with other fee levy groups, we are most concerned by a referendum question that aims to implement per-faculty fee levy referendums. The question is worded as follows:

“Per Faculty Referendums Petition – There are independent groups that receive funding from Concordia students called Fee Levy Groups to provide resources and services to students and the Concordia community. Should the results of referenda concerning fee levies be tallied on a per-faculty basis, the results of which would apply only to that faculty? For the purpose of these referenda, Independent students will be considered as a faculty.”

We strongly encourage undergraduate students to VOTE NO to the above question.

A per-faculty fee levy referendum process (which falsely divides up membership) will be detrimental and devastating to the Greenhouse and all fee levy groups. It will destroy the sense of community that has developed at Concordia, and will fundamentally change the nature of our organizations by preventing us from being able to build sustainable medium and long-term projects, campaigns and services.

A group of undergraduate students, representing all faculties, has formed a “Vote No” committee and you can visit their website for more information:

The following article, written by the chair of the “Vote No” committee, provides important information:Don’t Burn the Bridge: Fee-Levy Groups Provide Benefits Outside the Classroom:

The following article, written jointly by an Arts & Science and Business student, explains the issues concerning this referendum well: Stronger Together: An Argument Against Per-Faculty Opt-Outs:

The Concordia Greenhouse has previously joined with other fee levy groups to issue a statement which is available here:
ii) SUPPORT THE CENTER FOR GENDER ADVOCACY AND CUTVIn addition to encouraging your “NO” vote to the per-faculty fee levy referendum question, we are also endorsing a “YES” vote to the two following questions affecting other fee levy groups:

“Center for Gender Advocacy – Do you agree to increase the fee levy for the Centre for Gender Advocacy (formerly known as the 2110 Centre) by $0.08 per credit for all Concordia undergraduate students, thereby raising the current levy from $0.29 to $0.37? This increase will be used to support the Centre’s free and confidential peer support service, and ongoing work on sexual assault prevention, gender equality and solidarity with missing and murdered Indigenous women. The fee increase would take effect in the summer semester of 2014.”

“CUTV Fee Levy Transfer – A new non-profit organization has been incorporated, called “Community University Television Concordia” (CUTV), that has temporarily been delegated control and management of a student fee levy of $0.34 per credit by the “Concordia Student Broadcasting Corporation” (CSBC). Do you agree to officially and permanently transfer the management and control of this fee levy from the CSBC to the newly incorporated CUTV?”


The Concordia Concordia does not endorse CSU council or executive candidates. Fee levy groups are autonomous from the CSU except for referendums. However, due to the per-faculty fee levy referendums question, we urge everyone voting to get more informed about where councilors and executives exactly stand on this question. We urge you to get clear information from all candidates and to vote accordingly. Councillors and executive candidates indicating clearly and publicly that they will vote “no” to per-faculty fee levy referendums are helping to support the continued sustainability and vibrancy of groups like the The Greenhouse, QPIRG, the Center for Gender Advocacy, People’s Potato, Sustainable Concordia, and more.

iv) GETTING READY TO VOTE (MARCH 25-27): Mark your agendas!

The voting period for CSU elections is Tuesday, March 25, Wednesday, March 26 and Thursday, March 27 (THIS WEEK!). Polls are open between 10am to 8pm. If you’re a Concordia undergraduate student (ie. registered for at least one class for the winter semester) you can vote!

We encourage you to note now in your agendas a time and date that you will vote. Put aside 30 minutes for the process (in case of line-ups and bureaucracy); be sure to remember to bring your student card; maybe go out and vote with other Concordia students together so it’s more fun.
The polling stations will be at the following locations (and you can vote any ANY of the stations): (DOWNTOWN) Hall Building Lobby; Hall Building 4th Floor; Webster Library Atrium; EV Lobby; MB Lobby; Visual Arts Building Lobby; (LOYOLA) AD Main Floor; SP Lobby; CJ Lobby; Vanier Library; HA Lobby
QUICK Reminders:
– VOTE NO to per-faculty fee levy referendums.
– Support the Center for Gender Advocacy and CUTV.
– Get informed about where CSU candidates stand on per-faculty fee levy referendums.
– Visit the “Vote No” Committee website for more info:
– Mark in your agendas a time and date that you will vote (between March 25-27, 10am-8pm); remember your student card; vote together with friends.

This Week in the Greenhouse! AQUAPONICS!


Aquaponics Information Session

Thursday, March 20th, 5-7pm

Atrium Lounge


Join us for our semesterly information session on the Greenhouse’s resident aquaponics system. We’ll go over the basic concepts of aquaponics, touching a bit on the biology and water chemistry involved. We’ll also review some major milestones and learning from our own experience over the past 4 years. This is a great opportunity to network and potentially collaborate with others interested in the subject. For more details on our project please see visit our website here.

Workshop partly in French and English, whisper translation available as needed.



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Coming up at the Concordia Greenhouse!

We need volunteers for non-plant related tasks on campus this March! If you have some time please email us at to learn about how you can help the Greenhouse!!


Concordia Greenhouse OPEN HOUSE
Tuesday, March 4, 1-5pm                                                                                                               1455 de Maisonneuve West, 13th floor (Take the elevators to the 12th floor, then follow the signs to the stairwell to the 13th floor)
Bring a friend and show them an amazing spot on campus!
*Taste our delicious micro-greens
* Sample our greenhouse-grown herbal teas
* Relax in our atrium lounge and enjoy our many plants.
* Speak with our collective about our past and present projects. * Join a guided tour and check out our operation!
TOURS AT: 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm
Hope to see you there!


Hot Topics in Urban Agriculture: Start Your Garden Workshop

Thursday, March 6th, 5-7pm                                                                                                                                              Atrium Lounge
Getting ready to grow a garden this summer?  Come learn some tips on planing your garden so you get the most out of it.  We’ll discuss spacing, companion planting and where to buy seeds.  We’ll also have a hands on demo of how to start your own seedlings at home.


TOPIC: Mourning our climate: how are you we dealing with the emotional and even spiritual impacts of a dashed planet?

Monday, March 10th, 5-7pm
Atrium Lounge

The twenty-first century promises rising temperatures, undulating oil prices, scarce minerals, and economic uncertainty. We’ve heard some of the numbers and experienced the phenomena. How are these crises affecting not just our attitudes now but also our long-term decisions such as having children, going to school, or saving for retirement? How can we take care of ourselves and our community in a time of crisis? In this public conversation, we will seek to move beyond guilt, blind optimism, and doomsday gloom to create a compassionate space in which we can share stories of changes made and challenges encountered, and reflect upon our vulnerability and our resilience in the face of transition.
Facilitated by David Summerhays.
This is a repeat conversation from the University of the Streets Café.


Art in the ATRIUM: Yarn spiderweb weaving and Open Craft Circle

Tuesday, March 11th, 5-7pm
Atrium Lounge

Using tree wood sticks and string, replicate nature`s beautiful by weaving humanweb`s in this unique crafternoon! Including tea and discussion on cultural crafts.


Micro-greens and Sprout Growing Workshop!

Thursday March 13th, 6-8pm.
Atrium Lounge

Learn how to grow your own sprouts and micro-greens at home year round! These delicious treats are cheap and easy to grow, and will provide you with fresh healthy organic produce grown with love! Come to this workshop to learn about the many health and environmental benefits of consuming sprouts and micro-greens, and learn how easy it is to grow your own produce year round in limited growing conditions. So come learn how to grow these babies and you can start consuming your own produce in 2-14 days!
PWYC for supplies (bring a glass jar if you have one and be prepared to get your hands dirty!)
Required registration: 20 spaces available
To register email
Hope to see you there!

Coming up at the Greenhouse!

Art in the Atrium Workshops!

TUESDAYS in FEBRUARY from 5pm – 7pm!

In the Atrium Lounge
Tuesday, February 11th
Create a mini-plush for a friend or a lover! Make a monster, and animal or a voodoo doll! Some materials provided, bring any supplies you have!

Screening in the Greenhouse! END: CIV

Thursday, February 13th, 5pm-7pm
Atrium Lounge
end civ poster
END:CIV examines our culture’s addiction to systematic violence and environmental exploitation, and probes the resulting epidemic of poisoned landscapes and shell-shocked nations. Based in part on Endgame, the best-selling book by Derrick Jensen, END:CIV asks: “If your homeland was invaded by aliens who cut down the forests, poisoned the water and air, and contaminated the food supply, would you resist?
Dress warmly friends!
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Qi Gong Class

Friday, February 14th, 5-7pm
Atrium Lounge

“Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.”
– Veronica A. Shoffstall

Come to learn the ancient eastern art of calming down while at the same time rejuvenating your body and mind. Instruction will be given for various gestures, movements, breathing, and attentional focus that lend themselves to organizing the three brains: the reptilian, the mammalian, and the neo-cortex. Walk away from the practice refreshed and with some new tricks to take care of your body and mind and lower your overall stress level.

Because space is limited please RSVP Tristan Stark:
sliding scale fee: $5—20.

Talking Circle

Monday, February 17th, 5pm-7pm

Atrium Lounge

TOPIC: Mourning our climate: how are you we dealing with the emotional and even spiritual impacts of a dashed planet?

The twenty-first century promises rising temperatures, oil prices and economic uncertainty. We’ve heard the numbers and experienced the phenomena. How are these crises affecting not just our attitudes towards the future but also our long-term decisions such as having children, going to school, or saving for retirement? As we re-evaluate our current lifestyles and our long-term preparations, how can we take care of ourselves and our community? Are there ways to meaningfully plan for a tomorrow we can’t predict? In this public conversation, we will seek to move beyond guilt, blind optimism, and doomsday gloom to create a compassionate space in which we can share stories of changes made and challenges encountered, and reflect upon our vulnerability and our resilience in the face of transition. Facilitated by David Summerhays.

Screening: Salmon Confidential and Rainforest: The Limit of Splendour (Co-presented by the Concordia Greenhouse)

Monday, Feb 17, 7:00 pm

DB Clarke Theatre, Concordia University, 1455 de Maisonneuve West.

Salmon Confidential

Salmon Confidential is a new film on the government cover up of what is killing BC’s wild salmon. When biologist Alexandra Morton discovers BC’s wild salmon are testing positive for dangerous European salmon viruses associated with salmon farming worldwide, a chain of events is set off by government to suppress the findings. Tracking viruses, Morton moves from courtrooms, into British Columbia’s most remote rivers, Vancouver grocery stores and sushi restaurants. The film documents Morton’s journey as she attempts to overcome government and industry roadblocks thrown in her path and works to bring critical information to the public in time to save BC’s wild salmon.

Rainforest: The Limit of Splendour

Inspired by Kwaxsistalla, a Kwakwaka’wakw clan chief, the filmmaker embarks upon a cinematic journey contrasting the tree-farms that dominate the landscape surrounding his home on Vancouver Island with an ancient rainforest on the Pacific Coast of Canada.

Guided by passion and a determination to honor reality, Richard Boyce travels to the most

remote corner of Vancouver Island, through some of the most intensive logging on the planet, into a wilderness that is on the brink of extinction. Massive trees, ranging in age between 1,200 years old and seedlings, thrive along the banks of an ancient river floodplain, which provides for diverse life forms in the temperate rainforest.

Hot Topics in Urban Agriculture: Winter Indoor Farming


Thursday, February 20th, 5-7pm

 Atrium Lounge

Ever wanted to grow food year round in your home?
Greenhouse collective members Sheena and Christine will present two concept designs for kitchen farming, as well as detailing some options for lighting, heating, watering, pest control and more!

City Farm School 2014!


The Concordia Greenhouse has announced that they are now accepting applications for 2 full-season internships for the 2014 season.

Market Gardener Program

The Market Gardener Internship is designed to create urban farmers who are interested in taking their produce to market, while also working collectively to design and manage a typical scale community garden plot. Beginning in early March, students will embark on a full season of running a small scale urban garden market, from seedling to garden to market to preservation, ending in late October. Bringing the farm internship to the city!

Schoolyard Gardener Program

Schoolyard gardens are a growing innovation in alternative education spaces. As a space, gardens offer kids the chance to take ownership and feel proud of the way in which their school grounds look. Not only this, but we are seeing immense opportunities for offering regular curriculum classes in the garden, especially topics such as science, art, and health.

This program is ideal for someone who is interested in working with youth, but who is also motivated to plan and manage a garden for an entire season… no small task!

We are accepting applications on a rolling basis – so act fast – as space is limited!

And stay tuned for details about other upcoming events, workshops and mini-internships.

City Farm School Launch 2014!

Thursday February 6th, 6 – 8pm Presentation
8 -10pm Farmer Mixer
Concordia University Downtown Campus
Hall Building 1455 De Maisonneuve W. 7th floor Room H-767

We are pleased to launch the City Farm School for 2014! This year’s event will be actually be a dual Launch event… First we will present all the new offerings that CFS will have for 2014 including a re-vamped School Yard Garden internship and our new mini-internships. After that… We are honored to announce that Jean-Martin Fortier of Les Jardins de la Grelinette will making the Montreal debut of his new book The Market Gardener: A Successful Grower’s Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Farming. This book is a must read for anyone interested in learning about low-tech, low-carbon, high-yield organic production.

Come out and hear Jean Martin discuss the idea of micro-scale farming as an alternative way of professionally entering agriculture. He will share the techniques, tools and technologies that he uses to operate his successful market garden. His presentations blend storytelling, know-how, and photographic images about how he designed and manages Les Jardins de la Grelinette.

And… that’s not all. Join us afterwards at the Concordia Greenhouse for an Urban Farmer Mixer! Come out and connect with local farmers and urban agriculture organizations in the twilight of our rooftop greenhouse.

2-Day Workshop – Spin Farming & Microgreens with Curtis Stone

February 8th and 9th
Concordia University Downtown Campus, exact location TBA
Back again by popular demand! We are happy to be teaming up with Curtis Stone to bring you two days of workshops, showcasing some of the most innovative techniques in urban agriculture. The first day will cover the basics of spin farming. On day two we are offering something completely new – an intensive session on how to grow micro-greens!



Day 1 – SPIN farming Basics (Saturday Feb. 8th 10am – 5pm)

Day 2 – Microgreens for small scale Production(Sunday Feb. 9 10am – 2pm)

Full details here.

– General $75 for both days or $50 for just one
– CFS students past and present $65 for both days or $40 for just one

For location information and to register – just visit the City Farm School website.

Check out this rad radio interview about CFS!:

(The interview starts at approx 8min and ends at approximately 24min.)

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