Les Urbainculteurs are working since 2009 toward the development of a productive and accessible agriculture, adapted to the urban context. On rooftops and terraces or directly in the ground… we cultivate the city!

Our vision

We dream of a green and nourishing city, productive and enjoyable, fully rooted in its time and ready to face the challenges of the future. Convinced that the changes needed on a global scale must be initiated at the local level, we are working to develop an ecological and accessible agriculture, adapted to the urban context. One garden at a time, we change our living environment, promote biodiversity and produce fresh, healthy and ultra-local food.

Our mission

Every hour we work, we dedicate it to the promotion of gardening and urban agriculture by:

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    Taking Action

    We believe that the best way to demonstrate the benefits of urban agriculture is to put it into practice. Every year we design, plant and maintain several urban vegetable gardens, in pots as in the ground, and even on rooftops.

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    Raising awareness

    In our wildest dreams, every citizen has a vegetable garden, every business adds green to its space with edible plants. To make you see life in green, we share our passion in conferences and training, in our newsletters, and here and there on the web.

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    Offering products

    Farming in the city has its own constraints. In order to give you a hand, we offer concrete solutions to grow in the city, small, medium or large scale. In our shop, you will find products adapted to the urban environment, of which 100% of the profits serve our mission!

You share our mission? You want to support us, while enjoying various benefits?
Become a member of our organization!

Our values

Excellence
Collaboration
Ecology
Altruism

The benefits of
Urban agriculture

Why practice urban agriculture? There are many benefits!

  • Green and beautify the surroundings
  • Eat fresh, healthy and local
  • Reconnect with nature, seasons and the origin of food
  • Reduce the transport-related pollution of food
  • Participate in the fight against urban heath islands
  • Contribute to biodiversity
  • Promote food security
  • Create social ties and share knowledge and crops
  • Learn an essential knowledge
  • Take action for a sustainable development, by a gesture that has a strong potential for media coverage
  • Promote a responsible consumption and a local, ecological production

Our Team

Johann Girault
Bread-and-hummus-based diet
75%
Defuses problematic situations with sensitivity
90%
« OK, d'accord »
85%

Johann Girault

General director

Johann (pronounced Yoan) is always imagining new projects while ensuring that those in progress are carried out. In addition to leading our organization in urban agriculture, he is co-owner of Les Jardins de la Mescla, an organic vegetable farm. It seems like he is not busy enough, because he also finds time to play soccer. Johann is also trained in nonviolent communication and is a mediator in the cohabitat where he lives.

In his pocket: A bachelor’s degree in agronomy, an MBA in corporate social and environmental responsibility, and… chocolate.


Vicki Duval
Bursts out laughing... and apologize right after
60%
Being as energetic as if she was on a sugar high
80%
Dreams about 40 000 projects in her head
70%

Vicki Duval

Projects coordinator
Trainer and speaker

Garden plans, customer relations, supervision… Vicki is an extension of Marie-Hélène J.’s brain! She even shares her interest in handicrafts and textiles. After passing at Santropol Roulant, AmiEs de la Terre, Nature Québec, Ateliers à la Terre and Ferme Bédard Blouin, we can say that she is passionate about project management, community organization and urban agriculture! Radiant with good humor, Vicki is spontaneous, dynamic and entrepreneurial.

In her pocket: A bachelor’s degree in anthropology, a diploma in horticulture… and surely an origami crane!


Dominique Manny

Project, multimedia and supply manager
Mâche-patate Producer

Dominique is our project manager and human-Swiss knife. He supports MH Jacques and Vicki in project management, while being in charge of distribution and online orders. Armed with his camera and his bike suit, he is also the eye behind the lens and our favorite director-cameraman-sound-technician-editor. When the “damn technology” gets in our way, he is the geek who solves everything with a smile.

In his pocket: A bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in environmental sciences. And his camera, of course.

Dominique Manny
Peels his daily carrot
80%
Has a fit of laughter that makes everyone laugh
75%
Comes to work cross-country skiing
60%

Marie-Hélène Dubé

Communications manager
Mâche-patate Co-host

Marie-Hélène is honored to showcase our projects and spread urban agriculture! Playing the roles of community manager, editor, content creator, podcast host, webmaster and graphic designer, she gets involved in just about every project. When she’s not admiring the genius of nature, she can  be found with her nose in a book or worrying about the hundreds of things she’d like to learn.

In her pocket: Studies in arts, human sciences, religions, public relations, sustainable development… a tortuous path!

Marie-Hélène Dubé
Listens to you even if she knows more about it than you do
60%
Reminds us of our goals at meetings that go in all directions
70%
Runs after time to live all her passions
90%

Martino Mangili
Impossible? I'll prove you wrong!
100%
Speaks excellent French in 3-4 months, without taking classes
90%
Makes detailed and efficient summaries of all our meetings
75%

Martino Mangili

Project manager, business development

After working in television and film production in Rome, Martino moved to Quebec City after a one-year backpacking trip to volunteer in Asia and South America. Convinced of the power of storytelling to educate people and create change, he works to connect his passion for audiovisual content to meaningful projects. His goal: to spread the message of Les Urbainculteurs by creating partnerships with actors ready to “be part of the solution”!

In his pocket: A bachelor’s degree in business administration, a master’s degree in multimedia production management, a diploma in permaculture and… an Italian card game.


Marie-Andrée Asselin
Official provider of funny expressions
90%
Feels sleepy after lunch
40%
Tours the finest restaurants
80%

Marie-Andrée Asselin

Horticulturist
Trainer and speaker

Marie-Andrée has worked as a horticulturist for the Urbainculteurs since 2015. Previously, she worked as a market gardener for the hotel La Ferme and did an internship in a French hopping farm. Being a ball of energy, she takes care of the plants as well as of the conferences and training she gives. Outside of work, if you don’t find Marie-Andrée running, cross-country skiing or drinking an IPA on a terrace, she is probably knitting… or dying wool with MH Jacques for their project Couleurs locales.

In her pocket: A past as an archivist (and a bachelor’s degree in Ancient Studies), as well as a collegial diploma in horticultural production.


Robin Marier

Awareness officer

Passionate about voluntary simplicity and local resilience, Aurélie returns from two years in British Columbia where she worked on farms and as a horticulturist. While preparing her Master’s degree in Environmental Ethics, she puts her beliefs and experience at the service of promoting local gardening as an awareness officer. As such, she is responsible for our shop, spreading tips and animating. You will certainly have the pleasure of meeting her big smile by visiting us.

In her pocket: A bachelor’s degree in philosophy and literature, a handmade bow and some local veggies.


Aurélie Bélisle-Richard
Stocks up on local food as winter approaches
80%
Back to basics: how did we do that, before?
90%
Spreads her homemade umeboshi on ears of corns
70%

Robin Marier

Horticulturist

Robin has been a horticulturist for the Urbainculteurs since 2013. A man of few words, he may seem like a tough guy, but really, he is the most sensitive of us all. Having adopted the Urbainculteurs as his family, he gives so much love to his plants that they go through the whole season unscathed. Always ready to lend a hand, he makes sure that we work in a clean environment and that we are well fed… with sugar, preferably.

In his pocket: A diploma in horticulture, a past in the restaurant industry and photos of cats.


Robin Marier
Be the king of jams and rice krispies squares
80%
Takes care of his cat
100%
Has already in stock what we will need (even if we don't know it yet)
60%
Marie-Hélène Jacques
Skateboarding like a pro
90%
Be a real tough guy by clearing the roofs from snow in Old Quebec
80%
Wishes to learn how to cook, but has a long way to go
60%

Bastien Girault

Horticulturist
Carpenter

Bastien left the North of France for the rigors of the Quebec climate, where he cultivates the city with us for a second summer in 2019. His experience as a carpenter is also useful when it comes to designing custom pots and raised beds, and even museum material. Always ready to have a laugh, Bastien is a dynamic and motivated horticulturist.

In his pocket: A diploma in horticultural production and a license as “Experimenter of plants”, but certainly no lunch.

Marie-Hélène Jacques
Has favorite plants
90%
Adds sriracha on everything
60%
Has a foolproof memory
100%

Marie-Hélène Jacques

*On maternity leave*

Operations director
Trainer and speaker
Mâche-patate Co-host

Delving into her knowledge of edible perennials and permaculture as fast as into her expertise in project management, Marie-Hélène directs our operations with enthusiasm and attention to detail. Her incredible adventures are matched only by her impressive resume, which makes her both the most likeable and reliable leader we can have. We’re lucky she does not pursue one of dozens of other careers that interest her! She also leads the project Couleurs locales with Marie-Andrée.

In her pocket: A baccalaureate and a master’s degree in biology, but no phone because she forgot it somewhere.


Board of directors

  • Hubert Corbeil
    MBA

    President

    General director at Big Bang – Leaders d’innovation sociale
    Lecturer at Université Laval

  • Véronic Dufour
    M. Env

    Vice President

    Strategic sustainability leader at Optel

  • Marie-Pierre Boucher
    B. Soc. Serv.

    Administrator

    Coordinator at RÉSEAU pour le développement psychosocial par le sport et le plein air

  • Rebecca Breton
    B. Sc

    Administrator

    Student at MBA in corporate social and environmental responsibility

Do you want to lend a hand?

Send us your application to join our board of directors. You can also become a member of the Urbainculteurs!


Co-founders

Mrs. Eisenmann and Mr. Denault founded Les Urbainculteurs in 2009. After eight seasons of passion and hard work, they chose to dedicate themselves to other projects. Since January 2017, Mr. Johann Girault has been replacing them as General Director.

  • Marie Eisenmann

    Co-founder

  • Francis Denault

    Co-founder

Our Partners

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We are members

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Urbainculteurs' team in front of the National Assembly of Quebec