Our gardens, and Concordia University, are located on unceded Indigenous lands. The Kanien’kehá:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters of Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal, historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Today, it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. We respect the continued connections with the past, present and future in our ongoing relationships with Indigenous and other peoples within the Montreal community.
The Loyola Farm is the main teaching and demonstration site of City Farm School. In this garden we demonstrate a variety of growing styles suitable for urban, sub-urban or peri-urban growers. The garden is divided in to four main areas.
Last year we converted our demonstration gardens into experimental collective plots for the the City Farm School interns. Here the students are given the opportunity to explore new growing techniques, while working collectively on team plots.
The production beds are organized more conventionally in long straight rows of market vegetables. Here we have seen a great success with our fast growing greens, fresh garlic and, of course, an abundance of heirloom tomatoes.
The herbs garden is the oldest garden plot at Loyola. Originally created in 2010 as theRealiTea garden by members of the Concordia Food Systems Project, this garden boasts many varieties of medicinal and culinary herbs. These herbs are harvested and dried right on site, and can be purchased at Le Frigo Vert or tasted in the Concordia Greenhouse Tea Atrium.
And last but not least are our permaculture inspired plots. Just last year planted an area with fruit bushes and trees taking cues from permaculture, these were planted along side a variety of flowers herbs to help create a dynamic ecosystem that nourishes each plant as well as the whole. Along side this, is our hugel mound – a raised bed plot with a decomposing log at the base. As the log decomposes is provides nutrients and increases the water retention capacity of the soil, making it an ideal garden plot.
Concordia University – Loyola Campus
7141 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal QC
The Loyola City Farm is located at the back of the campus behind all of the buildings to the right of the soccer field. Turn right (north) off of Sherbrooke onto West Broadway, take the first right into Loyola Campus, you will see the soccer field on your left. The garden is located right beside the soccer field.
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