Initiated in 2009, the urban agriculture project Paysage Solidaire consists in transforming mineralized, contaminated or underused urban spaces into educational and productive food gardens in the borough of Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. Since 2014, project team members have been specifically working on setting up a local and alternative food strategy throughout the borough. The objectives of the project are to improve food safety for the citizens of the borough, to develop a local and organic food production and to market fresh harvests in a short circuit through two produce stands. The project also aims to supply local grocery stores, restaurants, caterers and food safety community organizations with fresh local produce.
Paysage Solidaire comprises of:
- Three food production sites within the borough of Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, in partnership with the SAQ, the CIUSSS de l’Est-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, and the Saint-François-d’Assise Parish.
- Three educational gardens in partnership with the Centre jeunesse du Mont-Saint-Antoine, the Saint-François-d’Assise Parish, and the Olympic Stadium Esplanade.
The educational component of the project consists of workshops and training sessions on different topics relative to urban agriculture offered to schools, community organizations, and citizens of the borough.