Rooftop gardens ship crop rewards to Montreal’s meals banks
MONTREAL – With 30 urban gardens planted on the rooftops of Montreal, MicroHabitat shares the abundance of its harvest.
The company produces about 350 pounds. Vegetables per garden and season, with the harvest staggered from mid-July to October.
“Every roof has potential for an urban farm. I would say it’s more a question of will and vision, urban agriculture depends on it, ”says co-founder Alexandre Ferrari-Roy.
Some of his customers are not what you might expect.
“We have many, many corporate clients in town. Some from the insurance industry, some from the banking industry, so not really the kind of industry you’d think would get into urban agriculture,” Ferrari-Roy said.
It also has the largest network of rooftop farms in Canada dedicated to local food banks.
Local tables depend on this success; MicroHabitat donates nearly 3,000 lbs on behalf of its customers. of products to community groups such as Le Chainon, Dans la rue and Accueil Bonneau.
“Access to healthy food is so important for everyone and especially for the homeless population. Even now, the people who live on the streets are struggling with much greater health problems than the average person and the place,” said Fiona Crossling, general manager of Accueil Bonneau.
“To help your overall health is what you eat. By giving Accueil Bonneau this type of healthy food, we can offer it to people who come to eat.”