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Montreal Unveils Three Urban Agriculture Projects

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Frédéric Thériault weeds new plants at the Ferme Tourne-Sol in Les Cèdres, Quebec. Photograph by Peter McCabe.

“About 40 per cent of Montrealers are involved in urban agriculture, the movement is in its infancy.”

The Gazette
June 17, 2014

Excerpt:

The city unveiled three projects: a dozen containers with edible flowers on the terrace at city hall; a vegetable mosaique to be planted at the front of city hall to highlight the United Nations 2014 International Year of Family Farming, and across the road at Château Ramezay, educational tours on the theme of agriculture plus an 18th Century public market.

“It’s a beginning,” Ménard said, noting that his committee’s work on the project only started in January. About 40 per cent of Montrealers are involved in urban agriculture, the movement is in its infancy, he added.

The city initially wanted to put its urban agriculture at Champ-de-Mars behind city hall, but it would have taken too long to get provincial authorization, he said, as it’s a public park with historical significance — the city’s fortifications were discovered and restored there.

Other collaborative projects are in the works in the future, he said.

Montreal already has 12,000 gardeners growing vegetables and plants in community and collective gardens, said Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre. “It’s important to highlight our commitment to food security,” Coderre said.

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