About us

Campus Crops is a student run urban gardening initiative at McGill University's downtown campus. We want to grow food on campus, by students, for students. We have been running garden behind the School of Environment building at 3534 University since 2007. In 2009 we started a terrace garden behind the James Administration building. We're really excited to keep improving these two spaces, and need lots of helping hands for the summer ahead! Get in touch and get gardening!

Friday, April 11, 2014

The garden is thawing!

Just a bunch of pictures taken today. The soil is mostly thawed and even warm! Nights are still quite cold so we can't plant much yet, but this means we will be able to prepare the garden soon. Well, at least after a week of rain and snow (?!). Hopefully all of this will melt and drain away in a short time span so we can work some of the beds on the 24th!

The strawberry blite is still bright green under the leaf protection.

The motherwort is also ready for the new growing season.

Here, the rhubarb (indicated by the red arrow because of the poor quality of the picture).

The garlic is already up and running!

More garlic!

The oregano seems to have survived very well.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Seedling sales in Montréal (2014)!

Aww yissssss! Supers pampers seedlings! Get yours now (or later) somewhere near your house (or not)! We've gathered info on some of the seedling sales happening in Montréal (announced so far) just for you! Read below:

Order your seedlings online at Coop La Maison Verte
Coop La Maison Verte is located in NDG. They sell seedlings from the Ferme du Zéphyr, located in Senneville. You have until May 3 to order your seedlings there. See their online store and list of deadline dates.

The mega monsta' Vert-ta-ville seedling sale at Concordia Greenhouse
On May 15th and 16th, go to the Concordia Greenhouse to get seedlings for over 100 varieties of heirloom veggies, herbs and flowers at 3$ a piece. They also offer a complete list of the varities on their website (yet to be posted, so don't get too excited just now).

Be ready, though, because the Concordia Greenhouse seedling sale is probably one of the most prized of such sales in the neighborhood, and supplies tend to run out quickly! See their blog for more details (and subscribe to their newsletter while you're at it).

Santropol Roulant's seedling sale (or so we hope)
Santropol usually has quite a few extra seedlings left after they set up their Edible Campus gardens. The sale hasn't been announced yet, but in the past years it happened sometime during the first week of June. So stay alert and visit their website often (or subscribe to their newsletter)!

Plantcatching is a website that allows you to know where you can get free/cheap seeds, plants and even small lots for gardening from people in your area. It displays requests for these things as well, and interesting events related to gardening, urban agriculture, permaculture, etc.

That's pretty much all we've found so far. Don't hesitate to let us know of other seedling sales in Montréal by emailing us at campuscrops@gmail.com

Monday, April 7, 2014

Spring meeting minutes

Here are the minutes from our spring meeting, held on April 6th.

1. Presentation of Campus Crops
I won't write down all that has been said. Briefly, there have been discussions about what to do with the harvest, i.e. whether to give everything to the volunteers, or give a bit to Midnight Kitchen, or try to sell some through Organic Campus or the Farmers' Market. This will have to be discussed later in the season.

To cover the costs of operating the gardens, it has also been suggested that we demand a small fee from members, but it has been pointed out that costs are not so high, so selling some vegetables might be enough.

Finally, although no garden coordinator is planned to be present at each gardening session throughout the summer, Carl will offer advice and support via email if necessary, and will also be present during the weekend gardening session. Other knowledgable members from the past years (or new people this year?) might also be present once in a while.

2. Starting the season
2.1 Plans and calendar
The plans and calendar for the gardens have been presented, discussed and modified. The plans and calendar are available on the Facebook group and on the blog.

2.2 Seedlings
Seedlings will be grown in the MacDonald greenhouse again this year. People can email campuscrops@gmail if they want to help out with the seedlings this year.

2.3 Compost giveaway
The City of Montreal is giving out compost at the Complexe environnemental St-Michel on May 10 & 11. We need a car, sturdy bags, shovels, and a few pairs of hands for this. We're looking for someone who has a car available for either of those days.

2.4 Garden opening
The lower garden will be opened on April 24th at 2pm if the weather is clement until then. The container garden will be opened later. 

3. Schedule for garden maintenance
Since there will be no garden maintenance to be done until the end of semester, and since more volunteers are expected to join at that point, we'll wait until then before deciding on our gardening schedule for the summer.

4. Projects
Ideas of projects for this summer:
-Adding fruit bushes and perennial vegetables to the garden
-Having some collaboration with McGill Grounds to take care of the fruit orchard on McGill property
-Selling some vegetables
-Winter harvest

People were quite enthusiastic about the fruit orchard.

The plans of the gardens can be found in the blog post Update from the Garden Planning Meeting.
The calendar can be found below:

Friday, March 21, 2014

SPRING MEETING: April 6th 2pm


Hi friends!

The spring meeting will be on Sunday 6th at 2pm. ****Meet at the entrance of the SSMU building (University Centre).***

Topics of discussion will be as followed:
1. Presentation of Campus Crops and current situation
2. Starting the season
         2.1 Plans and calendar
         2.2 Seedlings
         2.3 City of Montreal compost giveaway
         2.4 Garden opening
3. Schedule for garden maintenance until May
4. Other stuff, if need be

Remember that volunteers are welcome to join at any time, so the only thing you're missing if you can't come to the meeting is giving your input on stuff. Minutes will be posted.



Saturday, March 15, 2014

Update from the Garden Planning Meeting

Here's a little update on last Sunday's meeting.

We discussed the crops we wanted to grow this year and came up with (very, very rough) plans for the garden and container garden (below). We also decided we wanted to look into adding flowers to the gardens, as well as perennial vegetables and fruit bushes in the soil garden specifically. We'll be starting our seedlings as soon as we know we have a space in some greenhouse (we're currently looking to get into the MacDonald greenhouse). We'll open the gardens as soon as the soil is workable (probably mid to late April). We'll want to get some compost from the City of Montreal give-away if we have access to a car around that time, too.

People who couldn't attend the meeting are still welcome to volunteer with us this summer. No gardening experience is necessary.

If you have any question you can email us at campuscrops@gmail.com

Soil garden, behind the MSE building

Terrace garden, behind the James Administration building

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Tour of the Concordia Greenhouse + movie!

When? November 21 3pm-5pm

Where? Meet at the Roddick's Gates at 2:30pm; destination is on the 13th floor of the 1455 Maisonneuve E. (N.B. You must get to the 12th floor, turn left, right, left, and take the stairs to the 13th floor)

What? You are invited to join Campus Crops in a tour of the Concordia Greenhouse, located at the downtown campus of Concordia University.

The tour will be a quick go-around of the physical installations of the greenhouse, accompanied by the presentation of some cool projects and activities offered by the greenhouse. Participants are invited to ask questions about the involvement of the greenhouse at its host university and in the greater urban agriculture movement in Montreal.

The tour will be followed by a movie at 5pm (not hosted by Campus Crops)."Know Your Mushrooms" is a movie about the beautiful world of fungi and their multiple applications, from food to bioremediation.

Email any question regarding the tour at campuscrops@gmail.com
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/622726801106678/ 

About the Greenhouse

"[The Concordia Greenhouse is] an all-organic space geared towards education and research into urban sustainability, community building and food security.

We are are collectively run organization that seeks to provide a safe space for group decision-making, with a foundation in anti-oppression. The greenhouse provides an environment for workshops, film screenings, research projects and community events, and is a springboard for spreading innovative solutions through popular education initiatives. We grow food and teas in the greenhouse year-round.  In the spring and summer months we plant and maintain a number of gardens on campus.  In the past two years, we have transformed our outdoor gardens into urban agriculture training sites, where participants of the City Farm School program work with trained horticulturalists to hone their skills."
They also have many interesting projects going on, from aquaponics and vermicomposting, to the City Farm School, an internship in urban agriculture, and Vert Ta Ville, a program of skill sharing and resource trading between urban agriculture organizations on the Montreal Island.
To learn more, visit their website at http://concordiagreenhouseproject.wordpress.com/

About the movie

Screening: Know Your Mushroom
WhenThu, November 21, 5pm – 7pm
WhereAtrium Lounge (map)
DescriptionFree admission, popcorn and tea! “Ron Mann investigates the miraculous, near-secret world of fungi. Visionaries Gary Lincoff and Larry Evans lead us on a hunt for the wild mushroom and the deeper cultural experiences attached to the mysterious fungi. The oldest and largest living organisms recorded on Earth are both fungi. And their use by a new, maverick breed of scientists and thinkers has proven vital in the cleansing of sites despoiled by toxins and as a "clean" pesticide, among many other environmentally friendly applications. Combining material filmed at the Telluride Mushroom Fest with animation and archival footage, along with a neo-psychedelic soundtrack by The Flaming Lips, this film opens the doors to perception, taking the audience on an extraordinary trip.”