Inter-community discussion on food security and urban agriculture

Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 18:05 - Friday, March 4, 2011 - 16:05


Moving Forward: an inter-community discussion

What is the University’s role in supporting the sustainable food movement in Montreal?

With Alternatives urban agriculture and food secrurity expert, Gaelle Janvier, and Montreal's guru on the subject, Ismael Hautecoeur, who ran Alternatives' widely known urban agriculture program for seven years.

Thursday, March 3rd and Friday March 4th 2011

Room 765, 7th floor of the Hall Building, Concordia University

1455 de Maisonneuve West, in Montreal


Thursday March 3rd, 6pm-90pm: Keynote Speaker Scott Kellogg, cockail & tabling fair

Scott Kellogg is the co-author “Toolbox for Sustainable City Living: A Do-it-Ourselves Guide” (South End Press) and the primary teacher of R.U.S.T. (Regenerative Urban Sustainability Training), an intensive weekend workshop in urban ecological living skills, is a co-founder of Austin, Texas’ Rhizome Collective, (, an urban sustainability education project, and worked as the director of its sustainability program from 2000-2009, worked in 2005-06 with a team of environmental engineers to establish a community based bioremediation program in post-Katrina New Orleans, and is currently earning a Masters in Environmental Science from Johns Hopkins University.


Friday, March 4th, 10am-4pm: Panel discussions


10am-11h15am: Sustainable University Food Systems

  • People’s Potato, Chartwells, Mcgill’s Sustainable Food Strategy
  • Concordia’s Food Systems Group


11:30 am–12:30 pm: Urban Agriculture

  • Montréal Fière d’être Vert et Nourricière (Gaëlle Janvier)
  • Community-University collaboration (Ismael Hautecoeur)
  • Urban Agriculture at Concordia (City Farm School, Vert ta Ville, People’s Potato, Loyola Farm Project)


12:30pm-1:45pm: Lunch


1:45pm–4:00pm: World Café

Facilitated by Elizabeth Hunt, Institute for Community Development, School of Extended Learning. The World Café is an innovative yet simple methodology for hosting conversations that link and build on each other as people move between groups and cross-pollinate ideas. As a process, the World Café can evoke and make visible the collective intelligence of any group, thus increasing people’s capacity for efefctive action in pursuit of common aims. Themes will include:

  • Urban agriculture at Concordia: building resources and developing capacity based on direct need
  • Identifying issues and  foreshodowing solutions toward sustainable university food systems
  • Applying academic research to direct outcomes in sustainable food initiatives


4:00pm: Closing cocktails


See the online program here.