Producing fresh vegetables in the city to feed the people who need them most? This is the goal of Louise Basin Gardens, an urban vegetable farm with a social and educational vocation, located in the Old Port of Quebec.
Following three decades of food market on this site, vegetables are now growing upon the concrete floor of the former Old Port Market. Les Urbainculteurs, who have been working on the development of urban agriculture since 2009, are fulfilling a dream dear to their team: to establish a real place of vegetable production in the heart of the city center, the crops being harvested for community organizations serving vulnerable populations.
Beginning with a pilot project in 2020, the farm will gradually grow over 3 years, reaching 60 raised beds in 2022. By growing the varieties of vegetables that organizations need the most, the project makes sure to improve food security in the lower town.
But Louise Basin Gardens are intended to be more than market gardening. The social impact and the educational scope are an integral part of the project. Constantly evolving, these components will bloom over time. Learn more below!
Following bio-intensive production techniques, we grow dozens of varieties of vegetables and herbs directly in the city center, with optimal sunshine on an urban heat island. Being located on a concrete slab, our production grows in 50 feet long raised beds, greening the area at the same time and creating an oasis of biodiversity. The crops are primarily intended for food security organizations.
More than a local production, our gardens are intended to feed first and foremost those who need it most. In addition, through volunteer work on the farm, we aim to promote greater social diversity, to forge links in our community and to provide training and professional integration opportunities for people facing obstacles to access the labour market. Come give us a hand!
Such an urban farm is a perfect place to experiment, continue to develop our farming techniques and pass on our knowledge. Through various activities and training, we welcome groups to inspire them, educate them and make them dream! Louise Basin Gardens also occasionally host cultural, social and community activities. Check out our events calendar so you don’t miss a thing!
Our farm is located on the site of the former Old Port Market, at 160 Quai Saint-André.
- Paid parking on site
- Bicycle path nearby
- Bus routes 1, 11, 25, 54 and 133 nearby
Please note that this is the location of our urban farm. It is not possible to join us there at all times.
Our administrative offices are located at M106-250 Wilfrid-Hamel Blvd, Quebec City, G1L 5A7