In the context of today's world food crisis, more and more citizens are realizing the importance of consuming local and organic food. Urban agriculture is an accessible option if you have outdoor space!
1. The greening of vertical surfaces to give inexpensive access to nearby high quality vegetables. .
2. Raising awareness about natural cycles and the origin of our food: 18 residents participated in 2010 and 55 participated in 2011. In 2012, over 130 new residents participated and over 140 containers were distributed containing over 400 plants!
3. To ensure that the project is eco-responsible: the urban agriculture containers are made out of recycled materials using a simple and practical technique that facilitates the growth and health of the plants.
We contacted both residents and businesses of Quartier 21 that possess a balcony in the sun, and offered them several options free of charge:
Self-watering plant containers (made from re-used materials),
Soil and compost,
Vegetable, herb and edible flower plants.
Monitoring is provided by the staff of the Eco-quartier throughout the summer.
The meetings with the participants have also helped create links between neighbours.