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MONTREAL, SEPTEMBER 20, 2013 - The B.A.S.E. (Before and After School Enriched) Daycare Program of the English Montreal School Board will be celebrating its partnership with Concordia University’s City Farm School with a garden harvest gathering at Edward Murphy, Pierre De Coubertin and Saint Monica Schools.

The garden harvest gatherings are a celebration of the hard work and dedication that B.A.S.E. students have given to the gardens at their individual schools. The harvest gatherings will also recognize the eight-month long investment of Concordia University’s City Farm School interns, who have been hosting workshops and tending to the gardens since the early Spring. 

The partnership between B.A.S.E. and Concordia University has been highly successful, as the interns have been responsible for keeping the gardens alive and healthy during the summer months when the schools are closed for summer vacation.

The garden harvest gatherings will give students, parents and teachers the chance to gather and enjoy some of the harvest. City Farm School Coordinator and B.A.S.E Green Initiative Advisor, Marcus Lobb, will be present at each harvest party facilitating workshops with the students and cooking with the wide selection of freshly grown products from the school gardens. “Schoolyard gardens are important because they allow students the chance to understand how food arrives on their plate, and that work and love is needed to grow plants,” said Lobb.

The garden harvest parties will take place at the following schools on the following dates.

Edward Murphy School (6800 av. Pierre De Coubertin)
Friday, September 20, 2013 (2:45pm - 5:00pm)   
Pierre De Coubertin School (4700 Boul. Lavoisier)
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 (3:45pm – 5:30pm)

Saint Monica School (6440 rue de Terrebonne)
Thursday, September 26, 2013 (3:45 pm - 5:15pm)

The progress of the gardens at each school has been documented on the Growing Base blog (, with regular updates of pictures and stories from each of the gardens. The blog also provides resources for parents and teachers interested in learning more about school gardens and other green projects.


Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213