Urban Agriculture Montreal Style!

February 15th 2019. 14:00 to 15:30

Urban Agriculture, Montreal Style! Hybrid Research Hub Supports Urban Resiliency

DATE: Friday, February 15, 2019
TIME: 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Ryerson University
CONTACT: 416.979.5000, ext. 6674
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Join Eric Duchemin, Co-Founder and Scientific Director, Laboratory on Urban Agriculture/Laboratoire sur l'agriculture urbaine (AU / LAB) (, as he provides an overview of AU / LAB's activities – including an experimental rooftop farm, eco-grazing, rooftop vineyards, and the Urban Agriculture Montreal Hub. Eric will also present the preliminary results of a three-year research project that evaluates how urban agriculture, and particularly household gardens, act as green infrastructure for individual and collective resilience in an era of climate change.

AU / LAB is a hybrid research centre and hub that conducts social, technical, and economic research on urban agriculture (UA). It is a nonprofit organization that is associated with the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), and works with municipalities, real estate developers, building managers, farming social groups, and other UA stakeholders to help in UA planning and development.

This event is presented by The Chang School's Certificate in Food Security and Course Series in Urban Agriculture, and is co-sponsored by Toronto Urban Growers.

Accessibility: The Chang School is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. Please contact us two to three weeks in advance of the event if you have any particular accommodation requirements.

Eric Duchemin is Co-Founder and Scientific Director, Laboratory on Urban Agriculture/Laboratoire sur l'agriculture urbaine (AU / LAB), and is head of the Quebec Research and Development Centre. He is also an adjunct professor at the Institute of Environmental Sciences at UQAM, a member of Montreal Food Policy Council, and co-editor of the Urban Agriculture Book Series at Springer.

Eric's interdisciplinary and intersectoral research focuses on urban agriculture as a tool for resilient, sustainable, and smart cities. His research explores how green infrastructure could feed cities, fight food insecurity, or provide social empowerment.

With the AU / LAB team and partners, Eric conducts research in an experimental rooftop urban farm that is located above the Montreal Convention Centre. Electronic sensors will be used at this location to help manage farm resources efficiently and to survey environmental data.