Montreal’s Urban Agriculture Expo happened this past weekend and I forgot to announce it before going, but it’s better to be late than never.
One of them is PlantCatching – www.plantcatching.com, which is something like what BookCrossing does:
- Announce the location of gardening materials that you are happy to share or give away so that others who are looking for plants can find it.
- The website generates a tag for your giveaway. Print the tag, or write a note that includes the website URL code. Attach to the plant, seed, or bulb, or soil, compost, and containers you are giving away.
- Then put the giveaway somewhere it can be picked up. You may “advertise” by putting them out for any passer-by, and this will help publicize PlantCatching, but you can also offer things that can only be found by those who know where to look.
Whenever I give things away, I put them at the end of my sidewalk. Someone usually takes them!
The second website is local to the Montreal area – Troc ton jardin, which means “Barter Your Garden.” It’s a Gardening Circle pilot project in Ahuntsic-Cartierville, a biweekly meeting of gardeners who exchange their surplus fruits, herbs, and knowledge. The initiator of the project, Daniel Rochefort, encourages anyone to start up a Troc ton jardin chapter anywhere. Membership and plant exchange is free, and as such, it’s all voluntary. Also, by gardener, I mean of any style: household gardeners, container gardeners, business/condo-rooftop gardeners, community gardeners. Everyone is welcome.
This kind of person-to-person, sociable community participation is exactly what it’s like in rural areas: where when one wants to learn, you only need call up a neighbour to find a someone-who-knows. The only way this is different from the country is that being in a city, you have to be intentional to find what you need, person-to-person, so a group is needed. If anyone would like to start up a Troc ton jardin circle for Le Sud-Ouest, contact me. I’d be a happy co-conspirator.
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