Following our debut as urban gardeners on a garage rooftop in Rosemont many years ago, we have continued to grow our urban agriculture program and currently have three gardening sites. These gardens supply amazingly tasty and nutritious vegetables to our Meals-on-Wheels kitchen, Fresh Basket Program, and neighbourhood markets.
In 2011, we grew and harvested nearly 1,500kg of vegetables!
For information on our innovative gardening techniques, you should visit The Rooftop Garden Project. If you’d like to learn more about volunteering in our gardens, click here.
The Edible Campus Garden
Santropol Roulant’s award winning Edible Campus garden is run in partnership with the McGill School of Architecture‘s Minimum Cost Housing Group. It was created in 2007 with the support of Alternatives‘ The Rooftop Garden Project.
We mostly grow vegetables in over 300 containers, using a self-watering technique. In recent years, we have expanded the garden by converting a series of ornamental rock bed into raised beds for productive planting, including a perennial herb garden and fruit bearing bushes.
111 Roy Street East
Five types of urban agriculture are on display at our new Roy Street location in the heart of Montreal’s Plateau neighborhood. Atop of the Roulant’s new building sits a 1,500sqft extensive greenroof for row gardening, a large terrace garden with 60+ self-watering containers, a small greenhouse intended mainly for growing seedlings in the spring, and two small beehives as part of an urban apiculture program. The building’s exterior has been fully landscaped and it’s facade will soon feature vertically growing plants such as grape vines and hops.
The Senneville Farm
In 2012, we launched a new project that will see us augment our work in food security and urban agriculture by cultivating a small piece of land in Montreal’s West Island. The farm site is located on agriculturally zoned and organically certified lands in Senneville. The close proximity to downtown Montreal, the potential for collaboration with other local growers and researchers, and the high fertility of the soil, make the site ideal for a project of this nature.