|Saint-Jérôme, Québec, CA
The collective garden, a project by a not for profit organization, began in 2006 as an innovative response to problems of food insecurity in the region. Every year, we welcome more than a hundred participants from a dozen community organizations and institutions of Saint-Jerome. At the garden, they have an opportunity to learn about organic gardening through collective work. We fallow the permaculture ethics and try to blend in as much of the principles in every day work.
Through the creation and maintenance of the gardens, participants contribute actively to the improvement of their health and their food autonomy beyond the grocery store. Participants receive practical training, workshops, educational tours and professional supervision in the garden.
All the yields are distributed among the participants. In 2010, we harvested 1750 kg of fruits, vegetables and herbs on 35 000 square foot. We also produce seeds for sale and for our own use.
Among our different activities, we planted fruit trees 2 year ago and are now starting to get fruits. We are off the grid and 2009, we tried the Jean Pain method to provide hot water for our shower and washing needs from composting tree residues, with great success.
In 2011, we worked with the Jean Pain method but with a different design focused on heating low tunnels and still providing hot water for our use.
I was responsable for this project from 2008 until 2013.
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