Urban agriculture has flourished in Montréal and cities around the world in recent years. This growing trend, which is part of global efforts to green urban areas, also aims to rekindle the nourishing function of cities.
Many initiatives have emerged in the boroughs of Saint-Laurent and Pierrefonds-Roxboro thanks to citizens, schools, businesses and various other stakeholders wishing to contribute to the main objectives of urban agriculture, namely:
- Reducing food transportation and its impact on the environment
- Providing access to a healthy and nutritious diet
- Helping citizens reappropriate agriculture and food
- Encouraging food self-sufficiency
- Raising awareness with regard to agriculture issues
- Creating bonds between different social, ethnic and generational groups
- Maintaining biodiversity and creating urban cool islands
Through these objectives, VertCité’s mission is to support your projects from conception to completion by maximizing citizen involvement. To do so, we share our know-how and tools to help you carry out your initiatives independently. A follow-up based on your needs allows you to learn at your own pace and customize your projects.
Successful urban agriculture projects:
- Creation of the first food forest in Saint-Laurent at Place Benoît
- Creation of a vegetable garden on the roof of the Maison de l’Enfance
- Creation of a permanent vegetable garden in front of Cardinal-Léger school
- Installation of raised-bed gardens in more than 20 school environments
- Creation of a seed library at the Bibliothèque du Boisé
- Opening of three new universally accessible community gardens
- Horticultural support in the borough’s nine community gardens
- Organization of the first edition of Cultivons Saint-Laurent (horticultural fair) in 2018
- Implementation of edible landscaping in two parks in Pierrefonds-Roxboro
- Installation of raised-bed vegetable gardens in two community organizations
- And many others!
As part of the Programme de soutien à l’amélioration de l’accès aux fruits et légumes à Montréal 2018-2021, the Cultures Urbaines project aims to eliminate food deserts and food waste in Saint-Laurent.
To this end, VertCité and its partners are implementing a project to distribute surplus production from urban agriculture. Fresh food will be collected on the territory and transported by bicycle to sales points located in food deserts.
Combining healthy eating, active transportation and urban agriculture, this project complements several other VertCité initiatives in Saint-Laurent. Cultures Urbaines thus hopes to improve the food system in Saint-Laurent, which already encourages initiatives in local food production, community kitchens, food processing and food banks. VertCité intends to create a local distribution network and market to showcase our products. This project will be developed in partnership with:
- Borough of Saint-Laurent
- Centre Communautaire Bon Courage de Place Benoît
- CIUSSS du Nord-de-l’Île-de-Montréal
- Comité des Organismes Sociaux de Saint-Laurent
- Coopérative des Serres du Dos Blanc
- Saint-Laurent YMCA