QUEBEC CITY -
We are on a rooftop in Quebec city and this is such a cool idea!
We're in Quebec City at Les Jardin de Lauberiviere which is a homeless shelter here in the city. Literally right underneath us!
On the roof they are growing food for the people in the shelter.
"The people who started the whole organization were looking for a place to start a rooftop garden, because they were not like professional growers or anything. They were living by this area and they had noticed this flat roof and the stairs. This place we are actually standing on is a soup kitchen and a shelter. So they serve about 400 meals a day and they thought it's a perfect spot to grow gardens. They need food and we have a crazy project idea, so lets do it!" said Marie Helene Jaques, Les Urbainculture Operation Manager.
They have over 600 pots producing about 1-2 tons of food a year. It's about one-third of their food needs produced right here on top of the roof.
They are growing all kinds of different things such as corn, tomatoes, green peppers, eggplant, beans, cabbages and herbs. They grow a lot of fresh herbs. All of these plants are growing up here in these beautiful little pots. They have to move them all around in the winter, of course, because you are in Quebec City, and it gets pretty cold. But they set them up each year.
This is one of 10 rooftop projects that this urban agriculture group has going on here in Quebec City, but this is their first one. This is the one that is really closest to their heart because it's helping people who really need it. It's not food just for the restaurants, and other groups, but it's for folks who really could use the food. So they're teaching them about growing food and growing the food right here on the roof.