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RE: Need Information on Montreal Community Gardens

  • Subject: RE: [cg] Need Information on Montreal Community Gardens
  • From: "Sharon Gordon" gordonse@one.net
  • Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2003 11:32:44 -0500
  • Importance: Normal

73(76 by 2001) Montreal community gardens with around 6,700 plots
http://www.eap.mcgill.ca/MagRack/COG/COG_A_93_04.htm

February, 1997 - A 112 page publication (in French) describing the Montreal
community gardens:
Creer un jardin communautaire
- L'amenager, le gerer, l'animer.
Auteurs: Andre Pedneault, Roll Grenier
Mouvement pour l'Agriculture Biologique -
Region Metropolitaine inc. (MAB-Metro)
4560, de Bellechasse, apt 2
Montreal (Quebec)
Canada H1T 1Z2
Tel: (514) 872-6363 or (514) 376-8364
Personne ressource: Daniel Reid, directeur
Cout: 15$

One thing that is a wonderful bonus is that in the late 1990's, Pierre
Bourque, a champion of community gardens was elected Mayor of Montreal, one
of goals being to add more gardens of various sorts.

(514) 872-6363
For more information
87-ACCES ext.#651 or #655
You need...
Proof of residence required.
Cost
Administration fee of $10.
Take note
One garden plot per household.
Size is 3x6 metres
In order to pay for maintenance and development of the Community Gardens
Programme, the City of Montreal also requires that each gardener contribute
$10 per year per small garden and $5 per half-garden. Certain groups of
citizens do not have to pay. Also, each garden committee sets the amount of
dues to be paid for purchase of equipment (gardening tools, keys, etc.) and
for organized activities. These dues vary from $2 to $20 depending on the
location.

Economic impacts of Montreal Community Garden Plots:
Gardeners can produce, on a plot 18 square-metres in width (200 sq. feet),
most of the fresh vegetables consumed by at least two persons for at least
six months, not counting canning, freezing and drying of part of the product
as well as preserving vegetables for the winter. It is estimated that
producing fresh, wholesome and nutritious vegetables is worth between $150
and
$300 depending on the gardener, for a total maximum investment of $50 to
$75, making this kind of gardening a worthwhile and cost-effective form of
recreation.

Offerings: (Note, name of garden newspaper = The Leaf of Cabbage)
-hiring of five gardening facilitators who provide relevant advice to
gardeners, support garden committee management, enforce the regulations and
procedures in effect in the City and in the community gardens;
-prohibition concerning the use of synthetic pesticides;
-production of documents to welcome new gardeners and to provide information
on intensive and ecological gardening;
-publication, three times a year, of the popular newspaper, La Feuille de
Chou, which sells very almost as soon as it appears;
-holding the annual Soirees du merite horticole (gardening awards events).

Sharon
gordonse@one.net



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