Ça Pousse! offers horticultural support and educational activities for different community institutions, including schools, health care establishments, senior residences, and communities.
During the spring, summer and fall, the Depot facilitates garden sessions where members learn, grow and share in the harvest. The skill-building sessions are open to everyone in the community, including seniors, families, and Depot program participants.
Join one of our six collective gardens around NDG and Montreal West. Collective gardens have set gardening schedules where garden members and a facilitator show up together to learn ecological gardening techniques, share the work of maintaining the garden, and divide the harvest between members.
Interested in becoming a member? Please fill out our contact form so we can be in touch with you when registration opens in March.
We provide support and management for the borough's 3 community gardens in NDG, where residents can sign up for a garden plot for the year.
Registration for the waiting list for the NDG community gardens is now done through the Depot! Only residents of the City of Montreal are eligible to have a garden plot. If you live in a different city (example Côte-St-Luc or Westmount) your municipal government has its own community garden program.
How to sign up for the waiting list for the NDG community gardens:
- Fill out the registration form. Download the form or pick up a paper copy at the NDG Food Depot (6505 Somerled Avenue).
- Review the rules of the community garden.
- Attach a proof of residence (example: a copy of your driver's license or bill, leases are not accepted).
- Return your form and proof of residence to the NDG Food Depot by email (email@example.com), by mail or in person at 6505 Somerled Avenue, Montréal, QC H4V 1S7.
For any questions, please contact Lauren Pochereva.
Learn new cooking skills by preparing a variety of recipes in one of our community kitchen workshops.
To see the current schedule, and to sign up to participate in a community kitchen, contact Jennifer Brennan.
Interested in volunteering? Find out how you can assist our Intergenerational Cooking Workshops by contacting our Volunteer Coordinator, Julie Kourakos.
We offer individuals and families 2 days worth of food twice per month. Basic grocery items in the basket include: milk, rice, tuna, beans, pasta, fruits and vegetables, and bread. Other food and personal items vary depending on availability. As much as possible we focus on healthy foods with high nutritional value.
Service hours (Please call for more details and to see if you're elegible!):
- Tuesday: 2 pm to 7 pm
- Friday: 10 am to 2 pm
Volunteer to help with distribution, packaging, registration or greeting. Each service day we rely on a team of over 20 volunteers to help with the distribution of 150 emergency food baskets. To volunteer, contact Julie Kourakos.
For more information on how to receive a basket, please contact the Depot.
Our thrice weekly public market links local farms and production gardens to the community. Other than the fresh, local and affordable produce, the market also features tasty homemade snacks and entertainment.
Come do your shopping at the Good Food Market!
From spring to fall, our market open 3 days a week across the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce neighbourhood.
Closed until spring 2018!
Closed until spring 2018!
Closed until spring 2018!
There are also many volunteering opportunities at the Market, from crepe-making to working the cash register. We rely on a dedicated group of volunteers to promote the creation of a central hub for fresh, local food at prices that make it available to all. To volunteer, contact Julie Kourakos.
Our emergency food baskets, delivered monthly to those who would not otherwise we able to access the service, includes low-income seniors and older adults experiencing loss of autonomy, who are usually referred by local health agencies.
For more information contact Susan Munro.
We’re always looking for volunteer drivers who can deliver baskets and pack them at he Depot according to participants' nutritional restrictions. A great opportunity to regularly get involved for those with access to a vehicle. To volunteer contact our Volunteer Coordinator.
This program is for Depot participants who are committed to adding gardening to their lifestyle as a means to improving their food security. Participants cultivate their own garden plot, attend workshops, and have access to resources and support from our urban agriculture staff. We work with community members to develop their garden knowledge and skills over a couple of growing seasons with the goal of taking on a more permanent plot in one of the city's community gardens.
Due to limited space, participation is limited to selected participants only.
Les Ateliers Boîte à Lunch is a program focussed on education about nutrition and healthy eating. We aim to improve the food security of children, teens, and their families in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce and beyond! As part of this project, students in elementary and high schools participate in educational after-school workshops in partnership with NDG’s community centers.
Share your cooking knowledge by participating as a volunteer animator! To volunteer, contact Beccah Frasier.
Our free healthy meals are served twice weekly during basket distribution, and are open to the whole community.
We rely on a large group of kitchen volunteers who together with our Community Chef prepare and serve over 400 fresh meals a week. To volunteer, contact Julie Kourakos.
Production gardens grow food for our various programs, primarily providing our free meal program with fresh herbs and vegetables.
We occasionally rely on volunteers to help out with the maintenance, harvesting, and upkeep of these gardens. Short-term or full-season volunteering opportunities for individuals or groups may be possible.
Contact Lauren Pochereva for more information.
Montreal’s Seedy Weekend is our annual seed sale and exchange at the Montreal Botanical Gardens. Includes three days of speakers and presentations. Attendees gain access to quality organic and heirloom seeds from local producers and benefit from an increased knowledge of urban agriculture practices and initiatives in Quebec.
Volunteer at our annual event, or become a member of our collective gardens where we plant, grow, and collect heirloom vegetables, herbs, and their seeds.
For more information contact Lauren Pochereva.