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!


Vente de semis ~ Seedling Sale 2012

QUOI / What: 

Plants de légumes écologiques à vendre, plusieures variétés ancestrales disponibles! Vegetable seedlings for sale, many heritage varieties available!

Free from chemical pesticides and fertilizers.
Eggplant Seedling for Seedling Sale

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

QUAND / When:
du 5 au 8 juin 2012
de 11h à 18h
June 5th to 8th, 2012
from 11am to 6pm

PRIX / Prices : Entre 2 et 3$ le plant
Between 2 and 3$ each plant

Apportez vos boites et vos sacs afin de transporter vos achats!

Bring your own boxes and bags to carry your purchases!

See a complete list of varieties here: Liste de prix.

Wednesday Seedling Workshops

Vert ta Ville et Action Communiterre animeront deux sessions de travail au mois d’avril 2012!

QUOI: Atelier théorique de base sur le démarrage de semis!
–  Mélange de terreau
–  Plantation de semis
–  Arrosage et entretien
QUAND: Mercredi 4 et 18 avril 2012
de 17h à 20h
OÙ: Serre de Concordia
13ième étage du Pavillon Hall
1455 de Maisonneuve Ouest
Venez nous donner un coup de main et profitez-en pour apprendre à partir vos semis!

Learn how to start your own seedlings!
Vert ta Ville, in partnership with Action Communiterre, will be organizing two work sessions in the month of April 2012!
WHAT: Basic theoretical workshop on how to start your own seedling production
–  Soil mixing
–  Seed planting
–  Watering and basic upkeep
WHEN: Wednesdays, April 4th and 18th 2012
from 5pm to 8pm
WHERE: Concordia Greenhouse
13th floor of the Hall Building
1455 Maisonneuve West
Come lend us a hand and get the technical knowledge to start your own seedlings!

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.

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