Groundwork for regeneration

Agriculture, Senneville Farm

“All flows, all changes,” and the Ferme du Roulant in Senneville is no exception. Before we begin construction on the new Agroeducational Center at the farm in 2025, this season’s focus is on regeneration and capacity building. This means you’ll see some changes in how you’ll be invited to participate on the land.

Since its founding in 2012, the farm has been a productive agricultural site that feeds Roulant programs and community members, while also providing volunteers and groups of all ages with agricultural experience. With more and more people on the land over the years, its agroeducational focus has come into focus, fueling the idea of building a new Agroeducational Center. We believe that this infrastructure will allow more people of all ages and levels of mobility the opportunity to learn about and be involved in creating a healthy, just, and sustainable food system through transformative experiences. 

In 2024, the farm team will be focusing on regenerating the land through cover crops that promote soil health and carbon sequestration, implementing essential farming infrastructure, and developing educational programming to set the groundwork for the new facilities opening in 2026. 

With more time and energy focussed on regenerating the farm program, seedlings will solely be grown for the farm and urban agriculture gardens to provide vegetables for the kitchen for the Roulant’s food security services, scaling back on seelings sales to the public and vegetable sales to hospitals, schools, and other food security organizations around Montreal piloted in the most recent years.

Finally, there will not be weekly farm volunteer shifts this year, but there will be several opportunities throughout the 2024 season to get involved! Keep an eye out in our newsletter, in the space at 111 Roy Street in the Plateau, and our social media for four Community Work Days at the farm, as well as periodic volunteer call-outs for special projects.

Thank you for your engagement in the past and future of the farm,

– Katherine, Adrienne and the Agricultural team