Five Montreal companies growing great ideas
Blanc de gris
Growing mushrooms in the middle of the city is innovative in itself, but it becomes even more so when the growing medium is locally produced organic waste. Lysiane Roy-Maheu’s Blanc de gris has developed a procedure in which compost can be quickly transformed into a growing medium to support the production of fresh oyster mushrooms.
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Abitibi native Patrice Godin completed his first urban regreening project while still a student at UQAM in environmental sciences. Since that time, he has founded Ligne verte with his partner, Antoine Trottier—a company offering the installation of green roofs, terraces, living walls and kitchen gardens for cultivating food or to simply provide spaces with a bit of green. Whether for homes or businesses, this type of installation enables cost reductions and environmental benefits while improving aesthetic value.
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If Montreal’s roofs are looking greener than ever, we have Mohamed Hage to thank in part. His goal was simple: to develop a sustainable and organic agricultural system in Montreal. Thus Fermes Lufa was born—a company uniting a hypdroponic cultivation system with technological innovation in order to grow fresh fruits and vegetables, which are then delivered as baskets of produce directly to users.
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Étienne Lapierre’s pesticide-free urban beehive pilot project was launched in 2011. Since then, the mission of his company, Alvéole, has been to add a social dimension to his team’s production of local honey and work on improving pollinization by encouraging urban residents to get in touch with their environment.
The company created by Émilie Nollet and her partner, Olivier Demers-Dubé, called ÉAU, addresses food insecurity by offering systems enabling the production of fresh produce throughout the year. These systems are based on aquaponics, a closed-circuit production system that harnesses a cyclic relationship between fish and plants, whereby the waste produced by fish feed the plants, which in turn filter the water the fish need to survive.