Urban Agriculture

Since 2003, SOCENV works in urban agriculture in the Côte-des-Neiges neighbourhood, in order to develop its numerous advantages:

  • Self-production of vegetables, fruits and herbs that can partially improve the food security situation of the gardeners
  • Creation of intercultural, intergenerational or social links
  • Integration
  • Greening and attenuation of urban heat island effect
  • Opportunity to perform outdoor a gentle physical activity, beneficial to global health
  • Increased environmental awareness
  • Beautification

Within the Côte-des-Neiges Urban Gardens Network, SOCENV is active in two ways:

1) It works to alleviate the poverty status of Côte-des-Neiges residents by creating collective gardens and offering workshops on gardening and food security

  • Partners leasing land and/or helping to mobilize gardeners :
    • Habitations communautaires de Côte-des-Neiges
    • Office municipal d’habitation de Montréal
  • Collective gardens located in the backyards of social housing projects (HLM, Housing community organizations)

2) It promotes ecological gardening practices on public and private lands, by offering advice, workshops, practical demonstrations and documentation to gardeners in community gardens and to the public.

  • Partners leasing land and/or helping to mobilize gardeners :
    • Baobab familial
    • Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf
    • Collège Notre-Dame
    • Corporation du Jardin communautaire Châteaufort
    • École Notre-Dame-des-Neiges
    • École Simonne-Monet
    • Fabrique de la paroisse Notre-Dame-des-Neiges/Pastorale sociale de CDN
    • Mountain Sights Community Center
    • PROMIS
  • Collective gardens located on institutional or private land
  • Community gardens of the city of Montréal (Châteaufort et de la Savane)

The main sponsor of SOCENV’s urban  agriculture projetcs is the Borough of Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce. If you have any question, idea or land to offer for a future garden, please contact us..

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