To help kids big and small understand the connection between the food we eat and where it comes from, we’re building a living classroom!
Projet Communiserre will be a state-of-the-art greenhouse that will serve as a model for energy efficiency and environmentally sound function built on the roof of l’École des enfants du monde in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (NDG).
The greenhouse, the first of its kind in Montreal, will provide an unparalleled opportunity to promote sustainable urban agriculture in a spectacular and unique environment. The production of edible plants and flowers in the greenhouse will be used as a tool to enrich students’ learning of art, math, science and other subjects.
Kids who get hands-on experience understand the art and science of how food gets to the table, will be better prepared as citizens to respond to the present realities of rising fuel costs, land and water shortages, and the need to reduce agricultural-related pollution that is affecting food production and distribution worldwide.
Communiserre is a project of Action Communiterre, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide access to healthy, high-quality, locally produced and affordable food by creating urban agriculture projects in NDG. The greenhouse is being built in partnership with the Commission Scolaire de Montréal, as part of its commitment to green its infrastructure citywide.
The greenhouse will also be used to grow seedlings for Action Communiterre’s Victory Garden network of 10 collective gardens in NDG, as well as producing fresh vegetables and herbs that will be sold to Montreal’s restaurants and stores - strengthening local access to, and awareness of local and organically produced food, while helping Project Communiserre cover its operational costs.