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Ways to get involved

Ways to get involved
The Rooftop Garden Project is fueled by the energy and enthusiasm of our community members. We help bring your imagination to life, and make your visions of climbing beans on balconies, lettuces on the patio, or tomatoes growing on rooftops a reality. We invite you to get involved in greening our community and growing food in Montreal.

With the help of our Ready-to-Grow kits and our Guide to Setting up Your Own Edible Rooftop Gardenyou can then apply the skills you learn in our gardens to your very own living space, be it a balcony, windowsill, staircase, or rooftop.

If you are a youth with an interest in urban agriculture abroad, you may want to consider participating in one of Alternatives international internships .

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Our regular gardening sessions are open to everyone, expert or novice. Sessions are led by our friendly garden coordinators. Come garden with us during the following times:


80 Ruelles de l’Avenir - Volunteers Needed

Under the direction of the horticultural specialist, you will help to maintain the gardens (watering, weeding, insect and disease control) in an ecological fashion. The participants should be interested and somewhat knowledgeable in the environment and/or gardening. And volunteers will need to be capable of physical work, outdoors under diverse weather conditions.
Location :Quartier Centre-Sud de Montréal
For more informatin contact :Kathy Letellier 514-525-4233

Edible Campus! Santropol Roulant / McGill University

Gardening volunteer shifts :

-Wednesday from 4pm to 7pm
-Friday from 10:30am to 1:30pm

Location: McGill University 805 Sherbrooke St. W.), in front of Burnside Hall. Google Maps

Please sign up before coming to the garden!
You can drop by at our office (111 Roy Est) or call us 514-284-9335 to sign up. Garden shifts are cancelled in case of storm or heavy rain!

CRAPAUD volunteer gardeners wanted!

Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 16h-19h

Location: UQAM, Complexe des Sciences (plan)

Description: Collective gardening nights!
PS. Varied work: adding compost, transplantation, sowing, marking, cleaning, watering, etc. Bring clothes that can get DIRTY, boots and gloves!
For more information

Mackay Garden Project

Weekly work sessions:
Monday 10am-12:00pm and Wednesday 10am-12:00pm

Location: Concordia University - 1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Gardens are on Mackay beside the Hall Building

The Mackay Garden project plants and maintains gardens right in the heart of the city; reclaiming the streets by covering the gray with green! Traditional flower planters are transformed into thriving, edible gardens.

Get involved and grow some food on Mackay right beside the Hall building! Come help us water, weed, plant & harvest green goodies! Learn new techniques & participate in Workshops going on throughout the summer.
Volunteer activities: Planting, transplanting, watering, soil mixing, basic upkeep, pest management, fertilizing
For more information, please contact:

Loyola City Farm

The Loyola City Farm has now been planted, but there will still be much to do in the upcoming weeks and months. ..... weekly work sessions will be held starting this Saturday June, 18. Come and help care for the garden and learn about growing food and herbs in the city. Workshops, BBQ's and special events will also be held during these work sessions.... stay tuned!

Weekly work sessions:
Wednesday 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Saturday 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Location: Concordia University - Loyola Campus
7141 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal QC

The Loyola City Farm is located at the back of the campus behind all of the buildings to the right of the soccer field.
For more information please contact Marcus Lobb at

Vermicompost Project

Date: Wednesdays
Time: 4-7pm
Location: Concordia University 1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Hall Building 13th floor- Concordia Greenhouse

This is the practice of composting organic waste with the help of worms and microorganisms. The aim is to educate the Concordia/Montreal community about the practice and benefits of vermicomposting and to provide ready-to-use worm bins at cost and to organize community worm swaps. Also, a new component of the project will be to enhance the space visually.
Volunteer activities: Feeding the worms, checking moisture level, aerating the soil, general maintenance, promotional activities, and occasional projects.
For more information, please contact: Noemie Messier Guimont at

Atrium Tea Garden Project

Weekly Work Sessions: Mondays 1:30-3:30pm; Wednesdays 1:30-3:30pm

Location: Concordia University 1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Hall Building 13th floor - Concordia Greenhouse Atrium

A community green space for study and relaxation and an educational space for workshops and skill sharing, the production goal of the Atrium Tea Garden is to grow, harvest, and store teas to be brewed, steeped, and drank in the Greenhouse Atrium. The project will provide healthy and delicious medicinal teas to students while also educating tea drinkers on the identification and various uses of medicinal plants.
Volunteer activities: General maintenance (watering, pruning, pest control, etc.), harvesting & drying tea leaves, occasional projects (building a dryer, completing a reference book, making posters, etc.)
For more information, please contact: Christina Bell

Four Seasons Growing

Weekly work sessions: Monday 1-4 pm and Thursday 1-3 pm

Location: Concordia University 1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Hall Building 13th floor - Concordia Greenhouse Atrium

This project aims to maximize production while overcoming the challenges of limited space and limited sunlight in the winter. The goal is to provide organic, local food at affordable prices for students and to be an educational resource and demonstration site for innovative urban agricultural techniques. This fall, we will harvest and save seeds from our heirloom tomatoes and start a winter harvesting project using vertical space-saving techniques to grow sprouts, salad greens and herbs on a succession schedule for a continual harvest to sell at the Frigo Vert.
Volunteer activities: Planting, pest control, watering, fertilizing, harvesting
For more information, please contact:

Others ways to get involved:

Check out Alternatives other exciting programs and activities.

Santropol Roulant
Come help prepare and deliver food as part of Santropol Roulant's innovative meals-on-wheels program.

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Submitted by john on Thu, 29/09/2005 - 1:13pm.