April 18, 2013 4:18 pm

City of Côte Saint-Luc goes green

COTE SAINT-LUC – Within months, Côte Saint-Luc residents will be able to pick vegetables from the side the road.

It’s all part of the the city’s urban agriculture plan that includes edible landscaping.

“We’re going to be introducing vegetation and not just flowers on the city streets so that people can pick vegetables,” explained mayor, Anthony Housefather.

“We’re also going to plant fruit trees so that in the future people can pick fruit off our streets.”

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The budget this year is $100,000 and the plan includes community gardens at Kirwin Park and Richard Schwartz park.

Over time, the mayor hopes to have gardens in all of Cote Saint-Luc’s eight districts. The city will also host a weekly farmer’s market this summer at Trudeau park.

Residents can sign up to take courses and learn how to create their own backyard gardens from a paid animator at the Eco Café located in the library.

The space behind the library will be turned into a demonstration garden that will hopefully inspire resident looking to go green.

As Cote Saint-Luc librarian Janine West put it: “We don’t just want it to be functional. We want it to be a place where residents feel magic can happen.”

The program is based on a program that already exists in San Francisco and Toronto.

© Shaw Media, 2013

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