Urban Solidarity Farms : supporting food banks through urban agriculture

At MicroHabitat, we work to assign edible value to unused or underutilized urban spaces in order to feed local communities. Find out how we have established Canada’s largest network of ecological rooftop gardens to feed communities in need !

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MicroHabitat and its clients support local food banks through their urban agriculture initiatives

The wave of COVID-19 has greatly disrupted our entire society. Everyone has been affected, particularly food banks and local organizations, the very ones that support people in precarious situations on a daily basis. In order to help them, MicroHabitat launched the Potagers Solidaires program in March 2020.

This program encourages our corporate clients to make a commitment to society by donating the crops of their urban farms to the community. Through this program, several food banks have received – and will again this year – a weekly donation of fresh, healthy food from participating MicroHabitat urban farms.

A successful initiative

Working closely with clients such as Ivanhoe Cambridge, Complexe Desjardins, Manulife Investment Management Group, BentallGreenOak, Industrial Alliance, Intact Insurance and BBA, more than 2,700 pounds of herbs, edible flowers and fresh vegetables were donated to various food banks in 2020. In addition to optimizing their workplaces and improving the urban environment, these companies contribute to the food security of thousands of people in need. L’Accueil Bonneau, Dans la rue, le Chaînon and many other organizations are delighted with this new food offer.

A growing project

The initiative is less recent than one might think, and did not only start last year. Since 2017, several MicroHabitat urban farms have been set up in businesses with the intention of donating the harvests to local food banks. Given the pandemic and the growing pressure on these organizations, we have chosen to formalize the initiative under the Potagers Solidaires program. Today, ten urban farms designed to feed communities are flourishing on the rooftops of downtown Montreal, and we are proud to announce that the project will be extended to the Greater Toronto Area as of the 2021 summer season.  

How to participate in the Urban Solidarity Farms program

As an expert firm in urban agriculture, we take care of all the steps related to the development of urban farms. The MicroHabitat team provides complete project management, from the installation of the vegetable garden to its maintenance and the delivery of the crops to the selected food banks. Would you like to devote one of your outdoor spaces to market garden production in order to support and feed communities in need? Discover the MicroHabitat service or contact us for more information.

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