Macdonald Student-Run
Ecological Gardens
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ABOUT US

The Macdonald Student-Run Ecological Gardens (MSEG - pronounced em-seg) is a diversified vegetable farm located at the Macdonald Campus of McGill University in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec. The farm was founded in 2009 as a student gardening club and has since grown to a scale that allows it to feed hundreds of members of the McGill, Sainte-Anne, and Montreal communities through its 75 weekly CSA basket subscriptions and 2 weekly markets. The farm, run entirely by students, operates from the beginning of May to the end of October. Each employed student commits two growing seasons to the farm: the first as an apprentice and the second as a manager who trains the new apprentices. This structure allows the student club to operate as a highly effective and unique "farmer incubator program", giving the students a level of responsibility and training that is not generally possible with internships at larger, more established market gardens.  Although the farm does not have organic certification, it is operated using practices that are within organic guidelines.  

 

MARKETS

Park Lalonde, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec

Saturdays 9am - 2pm

June 25 - October 29 2022

Marché Laurier

Laurier Metro

 Montreal, Quebec

Thursdays 3pm - 7pm

June 23 - November 3 2022

CSA BASKETS
Sign up now for the 2022 season!

  What are CSA baskets?
CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is a system where members, by signing up, buy a share of the next season's harvest in advance. During an agreed time (10 or 8 weeks in our case), the members get a weekly basket of vegetables that will at the end result in a greater value of vegetables than the membership investment. CSA baskets represent a crucial financial support for our farm to start the next growing season!

 

As one of our CSA basket members, you will receive one basket per week for the duration of your basket session (10 weeks or 8 weeks), as well as a weekly MSEG newsletter which provides information about the content of each basket, keeps you informed about what is going on at the farm, and suggests tasty recipes! The baskets contain a wide variety of sustainably produced veggies and are sized to feed a household of about two people. 

Basket Sessions

SUMMER
10 weeks
Weeks of Jun. 20 - Aug. 22
 
260$
(235$ for students)
FALL
8 weeks
Weeks of Aug. 29 - Oct. 17

210$
(190$ for students)

Basket Contents

The basket composition varies from week to week depending on what is in season, therefore customers can expect more cold-tolerant crops (leafy greens, roots, etc.) in the early summer and late fall, and more heat-loving crops (tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, etc.) in the heart of the summer. The size of baskets may also fluctuate throughout the growing season: Though we try our very best, some weeks present many challenges in terms of weather and other uncertainties. However, on weeks when the harvest is good, that will also be reflected in the basket.

Here are some examples of the basket contents throughout the season:

Early July
2 zucchinis 
1 bundle of garlic scapes
1 head of lettuce
½ pound of sweet peas
1 bunch of kale or swiss chard
1 large head of bok choy
1 bunch of green onions
1 bunch of herbs
Mid August
Pint of ground cherries
1 pound of tomatoes
1 medium eggplant
½ pound of beans
1 bell pepper
1 bunch of kale or swiss chard
1 bunch of carrots
1 head of garlic
1 hot pepper
1 bunch of herbs

 
October
1 cured squash
1 pound of onions
1 bunch of carrots 
2 bulbs of kohlrabi 
1 bunch of winter radish
1 pound of potatoes
1 bunch of kale or swiss chard
1 bunch of leeks
1 head of garlic 
1 hot pepper
1 bunch of herbs 

 

Pickup Locations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Members are responsible for picking up their own basket (or arranging for someone to pick up for them) each week at the pickup location of their choice.

**Please bring a reusable bag! Option to bring several smaller bags or containers for your smaller items for a zero waste option.

Interested in becoming a CSA member for the 2022 season?

Click here and register now!

Marché Laurier

THURSDAY

3pm - 7pm

Marché

Ste-Anne

SATURDAY

9am - 2pm

Farm pickup

FRIDAY

1pm - 4pm

 
 

PHOTOS

2021 crew
2021 crew
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Basket
Basket
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Laurier Market
Laurier Market
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Cherry Tomatoes
Cherry Tomatoes
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Sainte-Anne Market
Sainte-Anne Market
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Swiss Chard
Swiss Chard
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Purple Carrots
Purple Carrots
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Garlic Harvest
Garlic Harvest
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Hot Peppers
Hot Peppers
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THE TEAM

Ariel
Ariel
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Kayla
Kayla
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Eleanor
Eleanor
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Ariel

Eleanor

Kayla

Stay tuned to find out who will complete our team for 2022!

 
 

CONTACT

Location

 

Macdonald Campus Farm Center

21111 Lakeshore,

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec

H9X 3V9

 

Email

macdonaldstudentgarden@gmail.com

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