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Stories from the Field

22
Aug

Green Court Project

Saint-Barthélemy school launched the Green Court Project, which aimed at beautifying and greening their schoolyard. This resulted in the creation of a large organic vegetable garden andseveral plots with flowers and herbs. The project was initiated by a teacher and the Court Green Committee (with parents) with undergraduate students helping to sow, garden and harvest. The project was launched with the House district network of gardens but now it is an independent project. See the project in video! Claude Martel, teacher, martelcl@csdm.qc.ca...
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22
Aug

Local Food at the Menu at Jean Talon Hospital, Montreal

Jean-Talon Hospital in Montreal was the first hospital to join Équiterre’s Soup’s On pilot project in 2007. After 5 years, the hospital continues to offer local fruits and vegetables when in season. 15% to 20% of the total fruits and vegetable purchases made are local produce. During the harvesting season from June to October, at least 1 local...
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08
Aug

Farm to Cafeteria to Entrepreneur!

I went to the Farm to Cafeteria conference in Richmond, BC, with a kernel of an idea–a seed, really, if you can pardon the really bad pun. My idea was to launch a catering company, Piknik, with a very specific niche: providing a fun, healthy, and inclusive hot lunch day option for kids. About a...
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02
Aug

Local Food in Laval

Just north of Montreal, almost a third of the City of Laval is fertile farmland. It is a city that has great potential to provide fresh, local and nutritious produce direct to its citizens. However, much of the fruits and vegetables found in grocery stores travel an average of 2 600 km. The City recognized...
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