More Montreal gardening news and an important free conference today

I realize this is last-minute.

I’ve been busy refinishing kitchen cabinets and yesterday I helped clean up the land around an eyesore building in the Devil’s Hill area of Ville St. Pierre/Lachine.

But there are a few events happening in Montreal today that are worth knowing about.

Santropol Roulant Seedling Sale

What: They’re selling all sorts of heirloom, organic and open-pollinated plants as part of an urban agriculture fair. The sale includes an impressive 40 varieties of tomatoes and funds help support gardening projects that provide food for Santropol Roulant’s Meals-on-Wheels program, fresh food baskets and frozen meals.

When: Today, May 17, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Maison de l’amitié,  120 ave. Duluth E.

If you can’t make tomorrow’s sale, Santropol Roulant is also holding two other seedling sales in front of their office at 111 Roy E. (near Coloniale):

Saturday May 24, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday May 31, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Girls of the Hood Conference

This conference is not to be missed.

It’s an initiative of the Atwater Library and Computer Centre’s Digital Literacy Program and the whole thing is organized “by girls for girls,” i.e.  by young women under the age of 25 who are CEGEP students from Dawson, Marianopolis and Vanier.

The conference’s funding comes from a grant the Atwater Library and Computer Centre received from Status of Women Canada’s “Strengthening Girls’ and Young Women’s Economic Prosperity” Project. The Digital Literacy Project is a year and a half into this two-year project and the conference celebrates the project’s many accomplishments.

There are two aspects to the conference. Part of it showcases the achievements of different community groups whose participants include girls and young women from marginalized economic backgrounds. The groups include Head and Hands’ Young Parents’ Program, which has put together a photo-voice project called Through Our Eyes and even held a vernissage fundraiser for the project at Café 92 degrees in NDG.

The keynote speaker is Mélanie Joly and to give the girls and young women ideas for promising careers, there will be four panels on topics that  include Entrepreneurial Women, Women in Technology and Women in Alternative or Non-Traditional Careers

When: Today, May 17, 2014, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Atwater Library and Computer Centre, 1200 Atwater (metro Atwater)

Cost: Free, everyone is welcome

P.S. I wrote about it for the Westmount Independent. The story is on page 16

I quoted Liesl Barrell, Executive Director of Montreal Girl Geeks, but her quote was cut during editing. Here’s what she said:

The “Girls of  the Hood” event is an amazing way to showcase female leaders and inspire young women to succeed with awesome panels and activities featuring some of Montreal’s finest women in their fields. Digital literacy and visible role models and mentors make all the difference in getting girls to take on STEM careers (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math), where there are plenty of opportunities now and in the years to come. Add to that childcare on site and a keynote by Melanie Joly: well, that’s just not-to-be-missed icing on an already kick-ass cake! 


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