Launch of MontréalCulteurs: building green rooftops and urban farms

The Laboratoire sur l'agriculture urbaine announces the launch of MontréalCulteurs, a unique program that offers a combination of consulting, incubation, and networking services to facilitate urban agricultural business start-ups in Montréal. The program is designed to meet well-documented needs and supports the development of urban farms, whether commercial endeavors or social economy enterprises.

The MontréalCulteurs program will provide assistance and connect property owners and property managers who have an empty space at their disposal - a roof, basement, commercial space, parking lot, or a vacant lot - with urban agriculture businesses (cooperatives, non-profits, or private enterprises) looking for a place to set up an urban farm in order to grow vegetables, mushrooms, micro-sprouts, flowers or grapes, raise insects or fish, or farm bees. Urban agricultural concerns also benefit from three entrepreneurial training streams specializing in urban agriculture, a project incubator, a series of workshops, and a diverse program of events (webinars, guided tours, and networking opportunities) offered by urban agriculture experts.

"Over the last 10 years, commercial urban agriculture has been growing exponentially. Today, Montréal is home to 45 farms, more than any other city in the world. The MontréalCulteurs program will consolidate that leadership position and provide a springboard to keep Montreal going over the next decade," said Jean-Philippe Vermette, Director, Public Policy and Programs, Laboratoire sur l'agriculture urbaine.

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